Sony roundup: Japanese PS4 sales, Xperia Z2, entertainment ops

|About: Sony Corporation (SNE)|By:, SA News Editor

Sony (SNE -0.7%) sold 322K PS4 units in Japan during the console's opening weekend in the country. That's nearly 4x the 88K PS3 units Sony sold in 2006 during its Japanese opening weekend.

Sony has already announced it sold 5.3M PS4 units worldwide as of Feb. 8 (exceeding forecasts), and claims the PS4 outsold the Xbox One by nearly a 2:1 margin in the U.S. in January.

Though it hasn't received half as much ink as Samsung's Galaxy S5, Sony's new Xperia Z2 flagship Android phone is receiving positive hands-on reviews at the Mobile World Congress.

The Z2, which launches six months after the Xperia Z1, sports a 20.1MP camera (supports 4K video recording), a 5.1" 1080p display, and a quad-core, 2.3GHz., Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor.

Sony has also launched the Xperia Z2 tablet (10.1" 1080p display), and the mid-range M2 smartphone (4.8" 960x540 display).

CEO Kaz Hirai, fresh off announcing moves to unload Sony's PC and TV ops, insists once more his company has no plans to sell/spin off its entertainment ops, as Dan Loeb would like. "I’m not entertaining even the notion of selling our entertainment assets."