Game industry analysts have weighed in with US hardware and software sales predictions for the month of July, ahead of the NPD Group's release of official market data later this week.
Michael Pachter of Wedbush Morgan and fellow analyst firm EEDAR both expect 3DS sales to be double those of Vita, and for Xbox 360 to remain the top-selling console in the States for a 19th consecutive month.
Pachter also predicted July software sales of $260 million, down 23 percent compared to July 2011's $338 million.
In a research note distributed today, the analyst said: "We expect July console software sales to be led by new release EA's NCAA Football 13, with Ubisoft's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and Take-Two's Max Payne 3 and Spec Ops: The Line expected to be among the top sellers, the latter due to its late June release date.
"Fellow new releases Activision Blizzard's Ice Age: Continental Drift, Atari's Test Drive: Ferrari Legends, and Electronic Arts' The Secret World likely were all negatively impacted by weak reviews, with the latter hurt by growing disinterest in MMOs as well."
Wedbush / EEDAR September sales estimates (change year-on-year):
- 360 - 200,000 (-28%) / 201,000 (-27%)
- PS3 - 140,000 (-3%) / 152,000 (+5%)
- 3DS - 121,000 (+32) / 125,000 (+37)
- Wii - 78,000 (-58%) / 75,000 (-60%)
- DS - 100,000 (-67%) / 109,000 (-64%)
- Vita - 60,000 (n/a) / 61,000 (n/a)
- PSP - 10,000 (-84%) / 9,000 (-86%)
- PS2 - 1,000 (-88%) / n/a
- Total - 710,000 (-34%) / 732,000 (-32%)