Despite the news (at Gamasutra) that Sony has already shipped 2 Million PlayStation 3s
, Next Generation reports that analysts are still doomcasting Sony's early next-gen efforts
. The Japanese investment firm Nomura is now saying they expect Sony to be able to ship approximately 4.5 million PlayStation 3 units by the end of the fiscal year in March. This is only 75% of the company's stated goal. From the article: "Despite early manufacturing issues and a subsequent European delay, Sony has maintained that it will still ship 6 million PS3s worldwide by the end of its fiscal year. The company recently said that it met its goal to ship 1 million units in North America by the end of calendar year 2006. NPD Group reported last week that the console sold 490,700 units in the US in December, with 687,300 sold life-to-date in the region."
I think it's still a mite early to say what's going to be happening in March, but there are a lot of unhappy investors listening to these reports right now.