PS3 projected to push past Xbox 360 in March

Posted by Mark Raby

New York (NY) - March consoles sales in the US have not been released yet, but analyst Michael Pachter predicts that once the numbers are in, the Playstation 3 will jump past the Xbox 360, but will be far away from the Wii.

With the release of the blockbuster game Super Smash Bros Brawl, which will no doubt prove to be the top seller last month, Pachter says the Wii will have outsold the PS3 and Xbox 360 combined.

According to his predictions, the Wii sales numbers will be 700,000 units, followed by the PS3 at 365,000 and Xbox 360 at 310,000.  He also suggests that, for the first time in months, the PS2 will outsell the Xbox 360 at 320,000 units.

On the handheld side, the Wedbush Morgan analyst projected that the DS would reach 700,000 units with the PSP at 300,000 units.

Pachter also commented on the continued Wii shortage.  

"The Wii supply situation has made forecasting unit sales quite difficult. Since April 2007, Nintendo has manufactured 1.8 million Wiis per month, implying that U.S. share should be somewhere between 720,000 - 900,000 units per month (40 - 50% of total units produced). We believe that Nintendo has diverted a significant portion of its available supply to Europe since April, as the weakening dollar has made U.S. sales less profitable for the company," he said.