Sony PlayStation 4 Sales Top 70M, Virtual Reality Units Ship 2M

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The PS4 continues to outperform despite competition from the Nintendo Switch and Microsoft's new Xbox One X.

Global sales of Sony's PlayStation 4 (PS4) have passed 70 million, while the PS VR virtual reality hardware has sold more than 2 million units, the company said Thursday.

As of Dec. 3, 70.6 million PS4s have been shipped around the world, with nearly 620 million games selling via stores and digital downloads. In October, Sony upped its PS4 sales prediction for the fiscal year to March from 18 million to 19 million units.

Nintendo's Switch console has also been selling well since its launch in March, with more than 7 million units shipped by the end of September. Sony's Japanese rival has been unable to keep up with demand, leading to worldwide shortages of the console. Meanwhile, Microsoft, which has lost ground with its Xbox One console, launched the more powerful Xbox One X on Nov. 7.

The success of the games division, along with a recovering Sony pictures and again profitable electronics businesses, have helped push Sony Corp stock to multi-year highs and forecast record profits.

Sony stock was up 0.75 percent at ¥5,157 ($45.50), in line with the Nikkei index, in Friday morning trading in Tokyo.