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Sony pips Nintendo to top worldwide console sales after 8 years, says report

Published on Jun 7, 2014 4:16 PM
A woman passes before Sony's headquarters in Tokyo on May 1, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Sony has topped worldwide sales of video game consoles for the first time in eight years, a newspaper reported on Saturday, pipping struggling rival Nintendo and signalling the Playstation manufacturer's comeback.

Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) sold 18.7 million PlayStation 4 (PS4) systems and other game consoles for the fiscal year to March, the Nikkei business daily said, to Nintendo's 16.31 million units.

The release of the PS4 in the United States and other markets in November propelled Sony's fortunes after a disappointing response to the console's predecessor, the PS3.

Almost seven million PS4's were sold, but Sony's overall sales of hardware, including the portable PlayStation Vita, still fell some 20 per cent for the fiscal year, the report said.

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