The PlayStation 4 has already set a record for the biggest video game launch. The console sold over one million units in North America in 48 hours and 700,000 in Europe in its first weekend. The PlayStation 4 has sold 2.1 million units worldwide as of December 1.
Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter is expecting Sony to be able to ship one million PlayStation 4's every month. He expects Sony to have between 4.25 million and 4.5 million PlayStation 4's shipped by the end of January.
"We expect Sony to continue to ship 1 million consoles per month, so as of the end of January, we believe Sony will have manufactured a cumulative 5 million consoles and will have shipped 4.25 - 4.5 million," Pachter said. "We expect the 55 percent allocation to North America to continue through January, and then revert to a more normalized 40 percent of units once Sony launches in Japan and other countries. We think that Microsoft is on a similar production schedule, with similar allocations to North America."
Pachter also added that GameStop has received about half of the consoles shipped to North America. This trend is expected to continue for the rest of the year, however starting next year the allocation to GameStop is expected to drop to around 30 percent.