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Xbox 360 to hugely outsell PS3 in December NPD?

Michael Pachter's estimates put console sales at almost double that of Sony rival

In advance of the official release of the NPD software and hardware sales results for December in the US, Wedbush Morgan's Michael Pachter has released his preview, including an expectation that the PlayStation 3 will have been hugely outsold by the Xbox 360.

In his note he reveals his preview numbers as 1,350,000 unit sales for the Microsoft console, compared to 750,000 for the PlayStation 3 - while both are dwarfed by the expected 3,250,000 Wii sales.

He's also expecting to see a 10 per cent year-on-year increase in total software sales of USD 2.625 billion, the vast majority - USD 2.42 billion of which will be made up from PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable and Nintendo DS platforms.

Meanwhile Pachter's publisher revenue breakdown puts Nintendo top, up 53 per cent year-on-year at USD 535 million, Activision Blizzard in second, 5 per cent up on last year at USD 500 million, with EA in third, 1 per cent down year-on-year at USD 450 million.

According to the analyst both THQ and Ubisoft face strong declines in their US revenues for December, down 23 per cent to USD 110 million and down 25 per cent to 125 million respectively.

Official NPD results are set to be published on Thursday.

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