Sony has announced it's sold more than 5.3m PlayStation 4 units around the world.

It had forecasted it would shift 5m before the end of the current financial year, which ends on 31st March, so PS4 is way ahead of schedule.

The sales update comes just a few days before the PS4 goes on sale in Japan, where it's expected to sell out. It went on sale in Europe on 29th November 2013.

"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 Sony Computer Entertainment boss Andrew House.

"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."

As of 24th January, Microsoft had shipped 3.9m Xbox One units globally. PS4 sold nearly double the Xbox One in the US last month, but Microsoft Xbox One is selling over twice as fast as its predecessor, the Xbox 360.

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