Sony Has Sold Way More PlayStations Than It Expected

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Gamers wait in line ahead of the launch of Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 4 (PS4) game console in Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Sony is confident it can meet analysts' sales estimates of 3 million units by year-end and its own target of 5 million units by March, Jack Tretton, president and chief executive officer of the company's U.S. computer entertainment division, said Nov. 11. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images | Bloomberg via Getty Images

TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp said it has sold 5.3 million PlayStation 4 game consoles as of February 8, surpassing its full-year target ahead of its release in Japan next week.

Sony had said that it hoped to sell 5 million units by the end of March after releasing the PlayStation 4 on November 29 in the United States, Western Europe and Latin America and rolling it out across other Asian countries since then.

The console will go on sale in Japan on February 22, the last country currently scheduled to handle the device.

Microsoft Corp said in January that it had sold more than 3 million of its Xbox One console by the end of December after it was also released in late November.

(Reporting by Sophie Knight; Editing by Matt Driskill)

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