Sony sells 5.3 million Playstation consoles, exceeds full-year target

TOKYO Tue Feb 18, 2014 1:15pm IST

Visitors take pictures of Sony Corp's PlayStation 4 new game console at the Tokyo Game Show in Chiba, east of Tokyo, September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Yuya Shino/Files

Visitors take pictures of Sony Corp's PlayStation 4 new game console at the Tokyo Game Show in Chiba, east of Tokyo, September 19, 2013.

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp (6758.T) 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 (MSFT.O) 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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