Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has stated his belief that Sony is manufacturing a whopping 1.4 million PlayStation 4s per month in an effort to topple Microsoft’s Xbox One.
Speaking the latest episode of Bonus Round, the ubiquitous analyst said that Sony ‘fully intends to kick Microsoft’s butt,’ but noted overall it’s a great time to be a gamer thanks to the launch of several high-profile software releases over the next few months.
“Sony’s 4.2 million through December 31st, they didn’t start manufacturing til September 1st. You know that. I mean we would have seen picture of the assembly. They manufactured 1.4 million a month? And you cannot commit manufacturing capacity for less than a year, so their manufacturing plan is 16 or 17 million PS4. That’s Shocking.
“Microsoft is making a million a month, by the same logic, and their manufacturing plan is twelve (million). So the Microsoft guys actually didn’t believe Sony’s numbers. They didn’t know they were making that many and that’s part of your lack of supply constraint.
“I’m amazed by how ambitious Sony is being with this launch, and impressed that they’re executing it. So Sony fully intends to kick Microsoft’s b*tt next year. But the good news is, add those two numbers together… 28 million consoles next year? Is that even possible? That’s Shocking! I mean these guys sold 22 million in a peak year in the past, so these guys are thinking big, big, big, that will attract more software, really good for consumers.
“I think this is the best time to be a gamer ever, except for maybe this week, ’cause there’s not very many games, but in another two months we’re gonna get some pretty good games.”
Sony’s PS4 line-up over the next few months includes inFamous: Second Son and DriveClub.