Sony announced today that sales of its PlayStation 4 console have surpassed 5.3 million.
The last number we heard was 4.2 million sold through the end of last year, making this a 1.1 million increase between Jan. 1 and Feb. 8.
“I am thrilled that so many customers around the globe have continued to select the PS4 as the best place to play throughout and beyond the holiday season,” said Sony Computer Entertainment President and CEO Andrew House in a press release from Sony.
“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,” he added.
Keep in mind that the PlayStation 4 doesn’t even hit its home country of Japan for another half a week – it drops on Feb. 22.
After a troubled cycle with the last console generation that displayed a remarkable level of hubris and customer disconnect, Sony has created a strong lead for themselves with a console $100 cheaper than its direct competitor, better handling of the new console’s image among gamers, and repeated reports of games performing better on the PlayStation 4 console than on the Xbox One. This has all translated to strong sales, and the PlayStation brand making a comeback among American gamers.
Sony is poised to launch its first big post-launch title next month with Infamous: Second Son. Microsoft, by comparison, has large obstacles to overcome even with the increasing hype surrounding Titanfall.