|Sir Cedric said:|
"To Sony, shipped has always meant 'sold' and shipped to retailers,'" Karakker notes. "Microsoft views 'sold' as what has been sold to retailers but could be sitting on pallets in warehouses or stacked on store shelves. 'Sold' to Sony has always meant what the consumer has actually purchased." http://www.gamepro.com/news.cfm?article_id=93548
I don't know if I'd put too much stock into what this guy says. He's not in the upper levels of management, just a pr guy talking to a reporter.
Oneda is one of the big guns at Sony and anything he says at an official earnings conference can have serious legal implications if incorrect.