Microsoft yesterday reported one of the strongest weeks of the year for the Xbox 360 with more than 310,000 consoles sold in the US during the week from November 18 to 24, just behind Nintendo's 350,000 Wii consoles sold in the country for the week.

While Sony also confirmed a 245 percent increase week-over-week in the number of PlayStation 3 units sold, the company has not yet released its official numbers. But that hasn't stopped Microsoft from claiming a 2-to-1 victory over its rival during Black Friday week, citing unspecified retail estimates. However, Sony disputed Microsoft's claims in a statement:

"It's (Sony Computer Entertainment America) policy not to disclose our unit sales numbers until NPD numbers are officially released which will be December 13th. However, I can assure you that Microsoft's estimates of our PS3 unit sales numbers are way off and they did not outsell PS3 2:1 during Black Friday week"
Those interested in the actual sales figures will likely have to wait until NPD releases its report in two weeks. At any rate, this holiday season is shaping up to be quite a battle between the three competing next-gen consoles.