Pachter: Sony Expected to Ship 1 Million PlayStation 4's Per Month

by William D'Angelo, posted on 05 December 2013 / 10,080 Views

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.


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14 Comments

kowenicki (on 05 December 2013)

Lol. Sony already said this. 5m by March shipped. Why do we need an analyst to confirm something Sony have stated as a fact.


pezus (on 05 December 2013)

It's King Pachter. Come on!


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bettergetdave (on 05 December 2013)

No actually I am pretty sure that was their sale estimate. 5 million sold by March.


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NNN2004 (on 05 December 2013)

More shipped = better chance to get one.


whatever (on 05 December 2013)

I wonder how long it will be before you can just walk into a store anytime and buy one.


pezus (on 05 December 2013)

Probably won't be until summer next year


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Bohound (on 06 December 2013)

there are some in the stores here in my country, not in the major game retailers, but in departamental stores like liverpool, or even walmart, but there are many many more xbox ones, and thats for sure


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Rychussnik (on 05 December 2013)

dammit Pachter, ps4 doomed confirmed!!


pezus (on 05 December 2013)

Sounds about right. Although I think MS is going for something like 70% in NA, or more.


Turkish (on 06 December 2013)

The PS4 sold over 1 million units in its first 24 hours, not 48 hours. A little error but still needs to be corrected.


binary solo (on 06 December 2013)

1 million for january and february is fine, but it's about 500k-1million short for december. If xb one is in a similar situation wii u will win the holidays by default. Or rather if it doesn't sell >250k per week in december it really is doomed (to be a distant 3rd this generation).


Dark_Lord_2008 (on 06 December 2013)

shipped/sold same thing according to Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. VGChartz reports sold through at retail around a month off the shipped figures. When the shipped figures come in the sites numbers are updated.


Rogerioandrade (on 06 December 2013)

I wonder if those shipments will meet consumers interest after holidays


Zero999 (on 05 December 2013)

Nothing wrong with that but aside from december, they ain't selling more than half of those shippments.


WebmasterX (on 05 December 2013)

Sell or ship...always is the same history. Not the same. I hope Vgchart put the numbers equal for both consoles.


4k1x3r (on 05 December 2013)

Wait what?


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sabastian (on 05 December 2013)

I've got mine, you got yours ?


bigjon (on 05 December 2013)

explains why XB1 beat PS4 at Target and Walmart on black friday... Sony is sending most consoles to gs


jlmurph2 (on 05 December 2013)

Or Sony didn't send them to the US


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Angelv577 (on 05 December 2013)

already 2.1 sold, we already know how much ps4 will sell this holiday