PlayStation Move sells 4.1m worldwide

Update: Sony clarifies number shipped to retailers not sold to consumers

Sony Computer Entertainment has sold over 4.1 million units of its Move peripheral worldwide since release in September.

The motion controller is supported by 25 titles in Europe, including new releases such as Sports Champions and Start the Party, and retro-fitted releases like acclaimed thriller Heavy Rain.

"The milestone was reached in just two months since its release in September for North America, Europe/PAL territories and Asia, and 1 month since the release in October for Japan," said Sony in a statement.

"The number not only shows clear success of the launch of the new motion sensing controller but also indicates positive momentum going in to the holiday season and to the year 2011."

The 4.1 million figure does not include stand alone sales of the Navigation controller or the PlayStation Eye camera, which is required to use the Move wands.

As of September, sales of the PlayStation 3 console were 41.6 million units.

Microsoft said last night that it has sold over 2.5 million Kinect units in 25 days since launch.

Update: Although Sony's European press release states 4.1 million units have been "sold", a representative for the company has clarified to Joystiq that the figure is units shipped to retailers.

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Nice to see the Move moving units ;) (no pun intended)
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Richard Gardner Artist, Crytek11 years ago
I think a lot of core gamers will be buying Move when games like Killzone 3 come out etc... which could be very good for Sony, catching the Holiday casual market now and backing it up with more core games later on. At least that's what I hope anyway, I will be purchasing it when Killzone 3 comes out.
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Private Industry 11 years ago
Not too bad given the very limited marketing Sony did for Move, but I guess as always that's sold to retailers.
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Stefan Pettersson Specialist Consultant, Fat Tuna11 years ago
4,1 million units sold to retail that is, not end users. Selling to retail is not the same as sellthrough.
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Aleksi Ranta Category Management Project Manager 11 years ago
One can always estimate the sellthrough but it can never be 100% accurate. The same goes for microsoft 2.5m sell-in, not sellthrough. The is always some channels that are selling the product which are not reporting the figures to distributors and/or the vendor in question.

All in all, both have "sold" well.
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Ben Board Developer Account Manager, Microsoft11 years ago
To be clear, our announcement of 2.5m Kinect sales in 25 days refers very definitely to sell-through - ie. sales to consumers, not to retail - see this from Aaron Greenberg. The press release very clearly talks about 'sales to consumers'.
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Josef Brett Animator 11 years ago
Thanks for that Ben
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 11 years ago
Well, a trip to two GameStops shows that both Move and Kinect are doing fine, at least at those two locations.

Both shops were out of Move controllers (Navigation Controllers were in stock and I'd say they'll be needed for the action and FPS games, so the less informed folks with that wand will be coming back) and Kinect units, but had bundles (PS3 and 360) pretty well stocked.

I'd say that the TRUE number should INCLUDE the bundles, not just stand-alone Move and Kinect sales. That would be a much more accurate total representation of actual units sold.

Amusingly enough, I'm in the sticky position of having yet another dead 360 (and no intention of buying another one), but wanting my own Kinect and not able to pick one up until my system is repaired. Sure, I'd "normally" just buy a bundle, but finances are as they say, TIGHT this holiday season for me, so I'll be waiting for a bit and lurking over at a friend's place when I need to review any Kinect stuff.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Greg Wilcox on 1st December 2010 4:57pm

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