So how well did Sony's struggling PlayStation Vita handheld fare during its first Black Friday?
Thecompany announced it sold more than 160,000 PlayStation Vitas duringBlack Friday week, its first since launching in the U.S. in February.
Although discounted bundles featuring games such as Assassin's Creed III: Liberation and Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified sold very well, it wasn't enough to compete with its strongest rival, Nintendo. The company revealed Monday they sold 250,000 3DS handhelds and an additional 275,000 units of the standard DS.
Thenthere's the rise of smartphones and tablets, with its stable oflow-cost or free games players can download. While most retail Vitatitles cost between $40-$50, Sony does offer a handful of less expensivetitles through the online PlayStation Network.
Meanwhile, Sonysays total sales for the PlayStation 3 (hardware, software andaccessories) jumped 9% compared to the same time last year. The companysold more than 525,000 PS3s during the Black Friday week.
"ThePlayStation brand generated significant revenue and year-over-yeargrowth at retail because of our focus on what gamers love most incombining amazing hardware with great games and digital entertainment,"says Jack Tretton, President and CEO of Sony Computer EntertainmentAmerica, in a statement.
The haul wasn't enough to overtakeMicrosoft, which sold 750,000 Xbox 360 video game consoles within thesame timeframe, but Sony did best Nintendo's new Wii U at 400,000consoles sold.
Also, sales of the subscription service PlayStationPlus -- which offers free games, discounts and other perks -- surged259% compared to last Black Friday, according to Sony.