Analyst Michael Pachter, of Wedbush Securities, believes Sony is manufacturing more than 16 million units of the PlayStation 4 in it’s first year, and is basing this on the sales figure of 4.2 million provided by Sony earlier this month. Pachter argues that in order to manufacture this many units, Sony would have started manufacturing around September, which would mean that Sony has manufactured at least 1.4 million units per month since they started. As manufacturing contracts are created on a 12-month basis, he is estimating that Sony is manufacturing 16.8 million units in the first year of the console’s launch. In comparison, Microsoft are manufacturing around 1 million Xbox One consoles per month.
To put the amount of confidence Sony has in the PlayStation 4 into perspective, the most the PlayStation 3 sold in one fiscal year was around 14.3 million units in 2010, since 2011 though, they have only provided combined PS2 and PS3 numbers in their fiscal statements. Still, almost 17 million units manufactured in the first year is an impressive goal, and if Sony manage to get anywhere near that it would be great news for the struggling company.