Worldwide PS4 pre-orders have risen to 1.5 million, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter believes.
In August, when Sony announced a PS4 release date of November 15 in the US and November 29 in Europe, the company said more than one million PS4 pre-orders had been placed worldwide.
Speaking on the latest episode of Bonus Round, Pachter suggested the figure has since risen by 500,000 units.
"Sony's making a million [PS4's] a month, Microsoft probably about the same, and they probably commenced manufacturing around September 1, so through December they'll manage four million each," he said. "Because of the delay in Japan I think Sony will probably ship around two million to the US, and my guess is those will sell out.
"The Xbox, probably demand will be a little lower because it's an extra $100. I think Microsoft intends to really market the hell out of the value add of Kinect and the headset included in the box. If I had to bet I'd say they're going to throw some software in the box and three months of Xbox Live Gold [at launch]. I think they need to give the gamer a reason to spend an extra $100."
Pachter went on to label Sony's PS4 execution "pretty flawless" so far. "The only thing they're going to have problems with is supply disruption. That million pre-orders that they talked about, which I understand now is up to 1.5 million, that's a lot of consoles. That tells you there's not going to be a lot of boxes behind the first 1.5 million and so I think you're going to have some supply shortages. And I think, to the extent that there is a shortage, that's a potential customer who says 'I'm getting an Xbox One because that's great too.'"
In late September, Sony Computer Entertainment UK boss Fergal Gara told CVG that all UK PS4 pre-orders placed at the time should be in consumers' hands in time for Christmas.
PS4 will be available in 32 countries this holiday priced at £349 / €399 / $399.
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