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Sony’s PS4 shatters 5m-unit target a month early

Estimated 5.3m consoles sold since November US launch; PS4 on sale in Japan this week

Sony’s PS4 shatters 5m-unit target a month early
According to estimates, the PS4 has managed to reach its target of 5m units sold without the help of the Japanese market.

Sony Computer Entertainment today reported an estimated 5.3m units of its PlayStation 4 games console had been sold since its November 2013 launch.

SCE's estimates were based on North America and Latin America sales figures collected between 15 November and 8 February, and European and Asian sales data collected between 29 November and 8 February. The cumulative sales figure exceeds Sony's target of 5m units, which it hoped to reach by the end of March. Japanese gamers will finally get their hands on the PS4 on 22 February, opening up an additional sizeable market for SCE.

The next-generation console competes with Microsoft's Xbox One for a wider market than the pure gamers targeted through previous consoles. Both Microsoft and Sony have tried to create content ecosystems that include video streaming and casual gaming experiences as well as delivering the staple high-end graphics of major titles. Both manufacturers hope to appeal to wider family groups that will use consoles as general-purpose entertainment hubs.

"We are delighted that according to the NPD Group's latest data, PS4 was January's top-selling console in the United States," said Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc

"The PS4 system's momentum just keeps growing stronger, and we are extremely grateful for the continued passion and support of PlayStation fans."

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