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Microsoft sells 750,000 Xbox 360s during Black Friday

2:12 PM, Nov 28, 2012   |    comments
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It appears Nintendo's Wii U wasn't the only popular video game console for Black Friday shoppers.

Microsoft announced it sold more than 750,000 Xbox 360 devices during the week of Black Friday, exceeding company forecasts. However, it's down from last year's Black Friday haul, when Microsoft sold 960,000 consoles during the same time period.

It's still an impressive tally for a video game console that's wrapping up its seventh year on store shelves. Analysts have suggested Microsoft could launch the successor to the Xbox 360 as soon as next year.

Microsoft also says sales of Xbox Live Gold subscription cards jumped by more than 50% compared to last year.

On the software front, the exclusive first-person shooter Halo 4 notched "impressive sales" last week, although Microsoft did not disclose sales figures. The blockbuster console game raked in $220 million on its first day.

Meanwhile, Nintendo revealed earlier this week it sold more than 400,000 of its new Wii U console in its first seven days of availability. The device introduces a touchscreen controller called the GamePad, which players use for added control in games, as well as the ability to play games without the need for a television.

Sony has yet to reveal Black Friday sales figures for the PlayStation 3 or the PlayStation Vita handheld.

- by Brett Molina, USA TODAY

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