Wedbush Morgan Securities' Michael Pachter expects September 2006 sales tally to exceed last year's figures by nearly 20 percent.
The steady stream of double-digit year-over-year percentage increases in US software sales will continue through September, according to Wedbush Morgan Securities' Michael Pachter. After June, July, and August all ended with annual percentage increases in the high teens, Pachter expects September figures to be up 19.6 percent over the figures for the same month a year ago.
In a memo released today, the analyst said he expects console software sales in the US to tally $415 million for the month, a figure that roughly matches up with Pacific Crest Securities analyst Evan Wilson's overview, which he issued last week. Wilson predicted an increase of $412 million in sales, or 19 percent over 2005. The industry-tracking NPD Group's numbers for the month are expected to be released later this week.
Like Wilson, Pachter expects September revenue totals to rest on two new releases: THQ's Saint's Row and LucasArts' Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy. He said the fresh-faced pair will share the spotlight with steadfast EA Sports titles NBA Live 07 and the ever-popular Madden NFL 07. According to Pachter, 10 games will move more than the 100,000 units for the month of September, a significant increase over the seven that topped that figure during the same month last year.
According to Pachter's report, $168 million of the predicted $415 million total revenue for the month will come from new platforms (Xbox 360, PSP, Nintendo DS), a sector of the industry that has shown year-over-year growth of $130 million. Sales of previous-generation software, however, are on the decline; Pachter expects sales for the aging consoles to be down 20 percent from September 2005, bringing in $247 million last month.
In Pachter's view, the overall picture for the industry is stable and, in fact, fairly healthy. The new arrival of the PS3 and the Wii will help fuel the industry's growth, with Pachter expecting the pair to bring in $432 million in software sales from their respective launch dates through the end of the year. For the full year, he expects overall game sales in the US to be up 4 percent over 2005. The full-year growth was one point where Pachter and Wilson diverged, with the latter analyst revising his growth expectations from 3.7 percent to 9.6 percent.
"According to Pachter's report, $168 million of the predicted $415 million total revenue for the month will come from new platforms (Xbox 360, PSP, Nintendo DS" ahm, when was the PSP helping the total revenue, PSP is good and all, but it doesn't FREAKING sell, Analysys are way over thier head.
Xbox360 is the best consel off all time when the nooby WII and PS3 comes out they will get crushed by the xbox360 game titles the xbox360 sales the 360's hardware and also Blu-Ray suckz it takes up to much graphics power and 2 much processin speed it ur wanting ps3 then u will b getting it for shti games and good dvd's if ur wanting xbox360 ur geting all the major titles such as Halo3, PGR4, Gears of War, GTA4, Half-Life2 and many more it has been proven that the ps3 have the same RAW graphics power as the xbox360 so if u want the some consel for less and with better games and the best online play go for xbox360 if u want **** games rubbish gameplay and good dvd's go for PS3
360 has already shipped 10 million units world wide. It's just a matter of time before they are bought. That sounds pretty good to me for the first year.
Um, Rhubarb9, what are you talking about?????? The 360 has been selling well for MS. Do you think that the PS2 has like 75% of the market???? Any link???? I laugh at Fanboys :D
With a 20% fall in current generation consoles (notice how they are called 'previous generation' - doesn't that make the new consoles 'current' rather than 'next generation' then? That alone show's the biaseness of this report.) and just a small rise in X-Box 360 figures, it is obvious that the vast bulk of this 20% increase is down to handhelds. It is not a general increase across the board which is what this article is trying to show. It's subtle use of the 'previous generation' phrase show's it will say what is needed to give you the buyer confidence to spend their money on new machines believing they will be a huge success and great games will be written for them. After all, if the market is 20% up, there must be some good stuff out there, right? With current PC and console game sales down between 12 and 38% and no guarantee that new consoles will sell as well as previous consoles did, I think all bets are off. After all, we have never had a £500 console, so how do we know it well sell as well as a £150 console? That's the assumption the industry is making, for obvious reasons, I would suggest you be more careful and be very cynical about reports like this.
360 will be prolly the leader when its all said and done, i have a feeling, sony won the last one, and got cocky, see what it has already cost them befor the system has lauched... but with that said i think the ps3 will do good, just not on top, i hope it does good anyway cause i plan on getting one.
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I don't care about all this, I just wanna play the original Ridge Racer on my PSP. Riiiiidddddddgggge Raaaacccceeerrr.
Why if my job was to predict stuff about what was going to happen after it happened then heck, who needs college.
October will be even better. And the flow of infomation that analysts use is probably slow and dependant on companies themselves. Don't know for sure though but this month isn't all that old. There are alot of opinions on this site, too bad most of them aren't all that well thought out to be worth listening to.
Stop picking on analysts. The people who make their job so difficult are gamers, the people they try to predict. People are just completely unpredictable. This is why economics is so hard and inconclusive. The way that you can improve analysts' predictions is to behave like robots.
Well, I didn't even think about buying a game last month, but I'm glad to see they're predicting growth.
How many analysts does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Three: One to prove existence, one to prove uniqueness and one to derive a nonconstructive algorithm to do it.
The PS3 would probably do really well this Holiday if they had enough of them to go around ... Europe having to wait till next year is gonna hurt. I can tell Wii is going to be the "must have" item this year, and I'm sure Nintendo will deliver.
Isn't it an analysts job to look into the future of the business and not so much to speculate about last months numbers?
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