Sales of Microsoft's Xbox 360 console during Black Friday week exceeded the company's expectations, though they didn't manage to topple last year's record numbers.
In all, 750,000 Xbox 360 consoles were sold in the United States between Sunday, November 18 and "Black" Friday, November 23, according to internal Microsoft data. That's not as high as last year's record 960,000 sales
, though it's impressive for what turned out to be the Xbox 360's 8th Black Friday on shelves.
Non-game entertainment consumption on the console over Xbox Live, however, is up significantly from last year at 43 percent, in a continuing trend for the company.
By comparison, Nintendo's new Wii U sold somewhere around 400,000 units
during what was essentially the same period, though that number may have been hindered by supply constraints. Nintendo's original Wii sold 300,000 during the period.