Because of the delays in resolving the fiscal cliff most peoples will have a delay on their tax return. Some will not be able to file until this month.
Most people who receive a tax return spend it on thrills. Game consoles are no exception to the rule. Once tax returns start rolling in, I suspect you will see an increase in sales.
Research firm IDC believes that sales will rebound in 2013 and 2014, however. It is predicted that with the Wii U and the rumored launch of Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox console, consoles sales will increase in 2013 by 10.1% to 37.4 million units. Sales are expected to further increase in 2014 to 44.6 million units, representing growth of 19.1%.
“The console ecosystem is in a state of flux since these platforms need to support an ever-growing array of non-gaming features and services at the same time that game distribution and monetization is moving in a digital direction,” he said. “At the same time, it doesn’t appear that alternative platforms — set-top boxes from cable companies, Web-connected smart TVs, and so on — are positioned to materially disrupt the trajectory of the ‘big 3′ console OEMs in 2013 or 2014. Discs will remain the console game revenue mainstay for years to come.”
Nintendo still expects sales to be 4.5 million by April 1st. Not bad for less than 5 month since the release. AMD will do fine with this.