As we reported earlier this week, the Xbox 360 managed to outsell the Wii U over the crucial launch period during North America’s Black Friday. Now, according to data from Reuters, SONY hasn't been pulling any punches either, as they've managed to secure 525,000 sales of the PS3, putting it above the 400,000 Wii U sales at launch.

SONY saw a further increase in sales for its ailing PS Vita console that saw a 160,000 sales increase over the holiday season. This makes SONY’s year-over-year sale increase to be roughly 15% across the PS3 and PS Vita.

Yet again, it is slightly worrying to see another 6 year old console beat a very new console over the holiday season, particularly a console that comes from a company like Nintendo, that was received massive sales for its original Wii console several years ago.

It calls in to question whether consumers are driven by graphical fidelity? Could it be fear of new technology? Or is the Wii U's price too much of a deal breaker? Maybe its something as simple as the Xbox 360 and PS3 being more established, with more games and a cheaper RRP.

It’s still too early to make a decision on the overall success of the Wii U. However, the debate about new forms of gameplay tech (as displayed in the Wii U’s game pad) being instrumental to the success of a new piece of hardware will be a talking point, for a while at least.