Xbox 360Microsoft sold a huge amount of Xbox 360 gaming consoles over the course of Black Friday. As announced by Xbox LIVE’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb, the Xbox 360 sold more than 750,000 units over Black Friday weekend.

Major Nelson shared a few more statistical bullet-points. Here they are, as per his blog:

  • Xbox 360 sold more than 750,000 consoles in the U.S. alone –exceeding internal forecasts.
  • Three month Xbox LIVE Gold Subscription sales increased more than 50 percent compared to last year’s Black Friday week.
  • We saw incredible activity on Xbox over the weekend. For example, on Sunday alone we had more than 14 million people on Xbox LIVE across the world, racking up more than 72 million hours of use in just one day.
  • Compared to 2011, we’ve seen a 43 percent increase in U.S. entertainment application hours logged on Xbox LIVE during the week of Black Friday.

Gaming industry followers might already be mentally comparing the Xbox 360’s performance to the Wii U. The Wii U sold just over 400,000 units during its first week at retail, a week that included Black Friday. The Xbox 360’s performance might be nearly double, but there’s a lot more of the system out in the market. Plus, it’s more than $100 cheaper than Nintendo’s newest console and packs a much larger library of games.

As a point of reference, the Xbox 360 sold more than 800,000 units during Black Friday alone in 2011.

[via Major Nelson]