The press releases are based on the annual reports which present all the data, most of it for shareholders and tax purposes. Monty I think the problem is that you keep arguing the same point despite 20-30 people proving you wrong, as though you think you know more than them and they are all stupid. This kind of attitude winds people up and makes them hostile towards you. A debate is always a good thing but you have been proven wrong a number of times already, keep adjusting your argument and finding even more obscure 'sources' to keep it going. 10.4m shipped, 8.3m sold through
One other thing Wii_gamer... you accuse me of using obscure sources, but you provide none. Would you care to show me where you come up with the 8.3 number you just cited? I'd specifically like to know where you get Canada, Mexico, European, and data for Asia (outside of Japan)? Please show me where you get the 10% number for the rest of NA. So, far you haven't even posted an obscure source for your data. The only thing you say is to "trust you". What would you say to me if that was MY argument?
Even if the 10.4 million number was reached by consoles 'shipped' to retailers, by your accounting of sold, that leaves some 2 million consoles unsold in inventory somewhere. I don't doubt there's inventory in the world, but that much? Is there something wrong with everyone's just in time inventory? Would retailers carry that much stock? It's not like it's not moving. We know it is moving. The number of sold as of December, I bet is 9 million something. Otherwise, we're not going to see any shipments from Microsoft in January, if there's 2 million units unsold out there.