Wedbush analyst, Michael Pachter, sent out a note to investors ahead of the NPD US retail sales announcements. He gives a big edge to Sony, while Nintendo seems all but beaten.
According to Pachter, while PS4 reached sales of 2.1 million by 1 December, 700k of them were sold outside of the US of A. Sony apparently sold 1.25 million units in the US, with Xbox One selling 750k. This gives Playstation a half million install-base lead over the Xbox One at launch. While this may seem like a lot, the gap can easily close as the generation progresses.
More worrying is the prediction for the Wii U. Wedbush is forecasting Wii U sales of 150k units. Pachter predicts:
The new arrivals also appear to have put a significant dent in the pre-existing competition, as Pachter predicted Wii U sales would be down 65 percent year-over-year, with Xbox 360 and PS3 sales down 44 percent and 28 percent, respectively.
In the context of the holiday season, that is almost nothing. Is it time to write the Wii U off as a failure? Or will Nintendo still surprise us and pull out all the stops for their latest ailing console?
Last Updated: December 10, 2013