PS4Sony has announced that the PlayStation 4 has sold more than 5.3 million units worldwide.

The original target for the console was that it would reach 5 million sales by the end of the financial year, which is the 31st March, putting it comfortably ahead of schedule. The figures released indicate the number sold up until the 8th February.

This announcement comes in the run up to the Japanese launch for the console on the 22nd February, with predictions expecting it to sell out, swelling the number even more.

President and CEO of SCE Andrew House said in a statement: “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.”

He added: “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.”

January saw the Xbox One hit 3 million units sold compared to the 4.2 million reported last month for the PS4. Despite being behind, the Xbox One is apparently selling twice as well as the Xbox 360 was at the same point in its launch.

What do you think the reason behind the PS4’s success is?

[Source: Press Release]