i dont get it shipment figures say the gap is ~ 2.9 million
but VG chartz sales figures says the gap is ~ 3.9 million.
shouldn't sales and shipment difference be roughly the same or at max like ~ 3.4 million
360 has seen massive shortages in the last few months, but having trouble meeting demands.
You shouldn't base your opinions on the sales gap between consoles by units shipped as there are many factors that cause this value to be very very misleading.
well xbox is still raping in the US, and its always very close to ps3's numbers, so even if there were shortages. it just seems very odd that there would be more than a million more ps3's on selves than xbox's
MS is selling inventory as retailers receive shipments. They are temporarily unable to stock up to regular inventory levels. Retailers are stocked up with the appropriate number of PS3's.
Remember, the 360 shortages, just ended, there hasn't been time for retailers to stock up 360 consoles. 360 outsold the PS3 from Sept-December by about 1 million units, it doesn't make sence for the shipped difference to only change by 0.08 million units.
Keep in mind that there are several factors that play into the increased inventory gap. The most important one being that Sony now ships to alot of countries the 360 doesn't, that increased base is always going to lead to a larger inventory gap, you can only be so streamlined. Second, is the PS3 had lower than expected sales during the holiday season in the US, that lower sales figure should eventually result in lower shipment numbers in Sony's 4th quarter. And finally, 360's sales surge in the US which resulted in a complete sell through of inventory for MS. US retailers will be working to get that inventory back up this quarter so expect a larger than normal 1st quarter for MS shipments.
So in the end a 1 million gap between the two is probably spot on, or atleast close enough for government work.
What you say just validates the 2.8 Gap, but I don't undertand how shipping to more countries affect shipment figures, but not units sold?
If Sony sells the same number of PS3's and MS does 360's, then more retailers only implies lower volume per store. Stores only stock inventory to meet demand, and maybe 20-30% threshold for unexpected increased demand. If one store doesn't sell too many units, then they ship back extra units, or exchange consoles between stores of high and low demand.
Either way, from what you say, it appears you still agree with me that the shipped gap will grow. So thank you for applying logic.