1M (PS3) and Not-So 1M (Wii)
Sony won’t give any numbers, but it looks like they only managed to ship half of the originally-forcast 400,000 PS3’s at launch. But according to Sony’s David Karraker all the production issues have been resolved and they’re still targeting 1 million PS3 in the pipeline to North America by the end of 2006.
On the other hand, things don’t look as good for the Wii. Nintendo had an impressive number available at launch, and all were sold out. But they may have trouble getting to the 1 million mark by the end of the year. The following statement that Nintendo of America made has been retracted: “Despite spot shortages in some locations, well more than a million Wii systems will be available in the United States by the end of the year.”
What does all this mean? There will probably be similar PS3 and Wii quantities in the US market by the end of the year. This is a strange thing, considering how everyone was predicting the total dominance of the Wii over all other… well, anything.