PlayStation 4 sells 5.3 million units worldwide

The PlayStation 4's newly-designed controller (image: Sony)

Sony Computer Entertainment today announced that the PlayStation 4 (PS4) has cumulatively sold more than 5.3 million units around the world as of February 8, and is continuing to demonstrate strong growth and momentum.

The PlayStation 4's newly-designed controller (image: Sony)
The PlayStation 4’s newly-designed controller (image: Sony)

“I am thrilled that so many customers around the globe have continued to select PS4 as the best place to play throughout and beyond the holiday season,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

“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.  February 22 sees the launch of PS4 in Japan, and I’m looking forward to Japanese fans sharing the excitement of the deep social capabilities and entertainment experiences only possible on PS4.”

In South Africa, PlayStation distributor Ster Kinekor Entertainment announced in December that the PlayStation 4 (PS4) sold out in South Africa in less than 24 hours, making it the fastest selling console in Ster Kinekor Entertainment history.

Ster Kinekor Entertainment advised that the PS4 beat all records previously held by Sony’s PlayStation, PS2, PS3, PSP and PSVita.

“It has been an interesting road full of surprises this last year in the lead up to the PS4 announcement and we are ecstatic that we’ve broken a SKE record with these sales thanks to our loyal customers and stakeholder support,” , says Mario Dos Santos, CEO of Ster Kinekor Entertainment. “The demand continues to overwhelm supply, but we’re working extremely hard to get PS4 consoles into the hands of customers as quickly as possible”.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor