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Xbox One Led Black Friday Console Sales, Analyst Says

by Eric Frederiksen | December 1, 2014December 1, 2014 6:30 pm PDT


Microsoft had tons of deals on Black Friday that would net you an Xbox One and one, two or more games for less than the standard $399 price tag. Apparently, it paid off.

According to analyst firm Infoscout, 53 percent of console purchases at retailers during this year’s Black Friday sales were Xbox One systems.

The PlayStation 4 sat at 31 percent, the Xbox 360 11 percent, while the Wii U clocked in at 6 percent. The PlayStation 3 barely registered with 1 percent, according to Infoscout.

Whether you look at it as a desperate move (especially in conjunction with the price-drop earlier this year) or a smart one, the variety of deep discounts and bundles looks to have been wildly successful for the company.

Now that the consoles, whether from Microsoft, Nintendo or Sony, are off the shelves and in homes, the next question is when they’ll be popping up online. It looks like Sony’s going to see the biggest immediate boost, with only 45 percent of those surveyed saying they were buying the system for their kids, while quite a few of the Xbox One consoles and nearly all of the Wii U systems will likely be booting up on December 24 and 25.


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Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...