Increasing Blu-ray's North American installed base by nearly 25% in one fell swoop, Sony is reporting stronger-than-ever holiday sales numbers for its PlayStation 3 game console.
According to a company press release, Sony sold through 1.2 million units of the PS3 in the period beginning Friday, November 23, 2007 and ending December 31, 2007.
"The PlayStation brand ended the year in a very strong position and clearly indicates more positive momentum going into 2008. We are particularly pleased to have sold through 1.2 million units of PS3 during the holiday selling season," said Jack Tretton, president and CEO, SCEA. "The strong PS3 sales also further establish Blu-ray's dominant position as the high-definition medium of choice for games and movies.
As we've previously reported, Sony's introduction of a new $399 40GB PS3 and a price cut for its 80GB model led to a late in the year sales surge for the console. Although the PS3 is now far and away the best-selling high-def playback device on the market, its overall sales numbers pale in comparison to lower-priced consoles from Microsoft and Nintendo.