We all knew the numbers were solid and above the 5.1 million mark thanks to the unofficial yet mostly accurate numbers provided by VGChartz, but Sony has just made the news official, with the worldwide studios boss, Shuhei Yoshida, dropping the news bomb on Twitter just recently.

El33t Online spotted the Tweet from Yoshida, who linked his message to the official Sony PlayStation corporate press release...

Epic. 5.3 million units sold as of February 8th. Just epic.

As noted by El33t, Sony has already beaten their March estimate a month early, as they were hoping to middle out around 5 million SKUs sold before March ended, but they hit that number before February was out.

Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment commented about the milestone, stating...
"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,” … “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."

There's a lot riding on the success of the PlayStation brand right now. In fact, it's one of the few divisions at Sony consistently posting profits as of late. The company had to dump their PC division and let go of more than 5,000 employees, as reported by CNBC.

It is a bit embarrassing, though, that a company the size of Sony are relying so heavily on a single brand to help right the top-heavy corporation.

Nevertheless, the PS4 is the culmination of a lot of positive developer input, and a lot of positive pro-consumer features. Sony listened and listened well to the community to help ensure that gamers were getting a lot of what they wanted and that developers would have a lot of leeway for ease-of-development, opposite of the PS3 and its Cell architecture.

Momentum is expected to continue for the PS4 throughout the end of February as it preps to launch in Japan, and things will heat back up in March when the first-party title inFamous: Second Son launches exclusively for the PlayStation 4.

With the PS4 being a hotter than Pamela Anderson when she was on Baywatch, it's hard to see the momentum dying off too soon. Also, given all the ridiculous amounts of marketing ammunition provided by the incessant foot-shooting from the Teletubbies promoting the Xbox One, it's easy to see how the console has capriciously catapulted its way above and beyond the competition in both sales and consumer perception.

Sony has easily beaten and overtaken the Xbox One as if they were yesterday's foul smelling, tuna-salad lunch. And we all know how the launch will look for the PS4 when it takes off in Japan on February 22nd.

The only hurdle left for Sony to mount is that of the Nintendo Wii U, which still leads the current eighth generation console pack by just a few hundred-thousand units.

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