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Sony announces 5.3 million global sales of the PlayStation 4

Things just keep getting better for Sony, as the company has just announced that it has now shifted 5.3 million PS4s worldwide (up until the end of the first week of February).

And this is before the PlayStation 4 has been released in Japan – with that launch coming this weekend (22 February). That’s expected to further spike sales.

Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, commented: “We are delighted that according to the NPD Group's latest data, PS4 was January's top-selling console in the United States. The PS4 system's momentum just keeps growing stronger, and we are extremely grateful for the continued passion and support of PlayStation fans.”

The figures are very healthy considering that they represent just two months and a week’s worth of sales (a couple of weeks more than that in the US, where the console was launched a week before the Xbox One, rather than after).

Previously, Sony had said it shifted 4.2 million units by the end of 2013, compared to the Xbox One which hit 3 million – but of course Microsoft’s console will have sold more than that now.

Still, it’s clear enough that the PS4 is in the driving seat early doors. Microsoft will be hoping that the first major launch on the Xbox One next month – Titanfall – will start persuading more consumers to bite.

That said, Xbox One sales are hardly unimpressive, and given the general lack of compelling launch titles for either system, sales have been strong all-round. Most likely due to the pent-up demand for the next big thing, as we had to wait so long since the launch of the PS3 and Xbox 360.