Black Friday: 525k PS3s and over 160k Vitas sold

While the Xbox 360 sold 750,000 units on Black Friday, Sony’s Black Friday sale also proved to be a success (a highly needed one), with the company moving over 525,000 PS3s and 160,000 Vitas (finally, some more positives for the handheld). On the shopping holiday, PS3 bundle sales increased by 15%, while total hardware, software, and peripheral sales increased too. Sony attributed the success to the Ultimate PlayStation Value Bundle, which included a 250GB PS3 and the Uncharted Dual Pack and inFAMOUS Collection for $199, and “Quickly sold out at retailers across the U.S.”

The Vita, which really needed the boost in sales numbers, also managed to move units off store shelves. The Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation bundle sold out at retail in less than five hours, while the Black Ops: Declassified and Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Bundles were gone by week’s end. Also, PlayStation Plus subscriptions jumped by 259% compared to last Black Friday’s number.

Well done, Sony.


Ubisoft announces Gamescom lineup: AC3, Liberation, Far Cry 3, Ghost Recon Online and more


Today Ubisoft revealed details about their upcoming press conference at Gamescom 2012 as well as their lineup for the event.

At 3 PM on August 15th in the Konrad-Adenauer-Saal, Congress-Centrum North, top Ubisoft execs will be demoing the company’s latest free-to-play title from some of their most popular franchises. The company will also discuss their future in e-sports as well as expanding into other growing genres in the industry.

At their public hall booth on the 16th at 7PM Ubisoft will showcase their biggest games, including Assassin’s Creed III, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, Ghost Recon Online, Far Cry 3, and more. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that “After a successful E3, we’re looking forward to bringing a strong line-up to Gamescom so that customers can experience many of our hotly anticipated titles first hand.”

I’ll be covering Gamescom 2012, keeping you guys updated as the event moves along!