How popular is the PlayStation Move? The answer: quite.

Today, Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. (SCEI) announced that sales of Move have hit 4.1 million units worldwide (as of November). The advanced motion sensing system topped the 4 million plateau after only two months of availability in North America and Europe, and one month of availability in Japan. If you've been living under a rock, Move utilizes the PlayStation Eye and a wand "to detect precise movement, angle, and absolute position in 3D space of the user, thereby allowing users to intuitively play as if they are within the game." As of now, there are over 30 titles on store shelves that are either dedicated to Move or offer Move support as an option. This includes Sports Champions , EyePet , SingStar Dance , Resident Evil: Gold Edition , and the upcoming Killzone 3 and LittleBigPlanet 2 .

Additionally, Sony has confirmed that 41.6 million PS3 systems have been sold globally (as of September) and "the system is set to record another year of success" as it enters its 5th year of existence. The combination of true high-definition gaming, Blu-Ray, solid reliability, a free online Network, a superb lineup of exclusive titles, and an agreeable $300 price tag has allowed Sony's machine to rise. And you know, it seems clear PlayStation Move will assist hardware sales; 4.1 million is nothing to sneeze at.

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Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

FYI- the press release was very clear in listing those numbers as SOLD, not shipped.

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
9 years ago

Even if the press release used the word sold I have to stay incredulous that it means what you think. That's not to say it's impossible that Move passed 4 million already, but frankly I would be surprised by that figure.

Generally when any company releases sales figures they are talking about their sales to the retailers. SONY doesn't need to know how much of it has been sold to consumers. They can look at the demand that retailers are showing and get information about the consumer that way. Just saying, I can't completely buy that these are sold-to-consumer numbers.

In the end, though, it'd be just about impossible to overship THAT much so the actual figure, if not 4.16 million, should at least be close to that.


Last edited by Kowhoho on 11/30/2010 3:38:54 PM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Not sure why you're so doubtful about bthe sales figures. even it that figure is sales to retailers (which I'm not sure it is) there are pretty regular reports that retailers are saying Move is in short supply, and therefore the sales are supply constrained. that would suggest that even if the 4.1 million move units sold is to retailers, the vast majority of those units have in fact been sold to consumers already.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Kowhoho: I believe what is sold to the retailers counts as "shipped;" what is sold to consumers counts as "sold."

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Pretty sure Sony has always considered units actually sold as sold. Not shipped.

White_Mocha
White_Mocha
9 years ago

i don't agree Jawknee. we all know M$ counts shipped things as sold

manofchao5
manofchao5
9 years ago

you forgot to mention heavy rain has move support
its more worth mentioning than the silly eyepets

JCARROLL
JCARROLL
9 years ago

Thats pretty impressive. I haven't managed to get one yet and I'm sure there's millions more like me.

Shadow_Ninja
Shadow_Ninja
9 years ago

well yea…4.1 million playstation moves out of 41.6 million PS3's. that means about 1 of every 10 PS3 owners only own playstation move. so there's still 37.5 million like you.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

41.6 million sold as of September. Good numbers. They're selling above a everage of 10 million units a year, and entering the core years with accelerating rates of sale. I really believe that the PS3 will ultimately peak above 100 million. I remember doing a projection at least a year ago now that suggested that they could sell as many as 120 million PS3s in the end, depending on how the next three years of sales go and how quickly they decline after that.

4.1 million Moves? That's a good number. They'll continue to pile them on between now and the Christmas holiday. Sounds rather like Kinect may not be quite as dominant as $500 million worth of marketing would suggest.

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
9 years ago

I keep wondering (worrying) that the PS3 will stop growing but it hasn't. At all.

I wonder what year it will peak in. Probably when it's sub-300 dollars. The PS2 released at 300 dollars if I'm not mistaken.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Yes, but you have to remember that the PS2 launched several years of inflation prior to the PS3, and that the PS3 arrived with an HDD which was a $150 option on the original PS2. It's a different value proposition compared to the PS2. There is also the element of the PS3 being capable of full HD playback of movies and games and 3D as well. The PS2 at launch wasn't even capable of playing dual layer DVDs, and couldn't do progressive scan modes.

All of that said, the original price of the PS3 was far too high. Personally I felt it was about $100 higher than it should have been, but the costs of production were far too large to allow a lower price at launch. $300 today is, thanks to inflation, worth less than it was at the time of the PS2. I'd say that if the PS3 get's to the $249 mark, it will peak at that price. Then again if they can somehow push it all the way to the $199 point, it will really go crazy.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

I thought the PS2 launched at 200+ dollars?

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Nope, as Kowhoho said, the PS2 was $299.99 at launch.

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
9 years ago

Also Sony lost about $250 for each PS3 at launch until whatever later year. Yah, Highlander now that they have the 160gb PS3 at $299 they should drop the 120gb model down to $249.


Last edited by AcHiLLiA on 12/1/2010 1:04:29 PM

swapnilgyani
swapnilgyani
9 years ago

Wow, when I read the headline, I thought they must be talking about the number of controllers shipped. But if that's the number sold….just wow!

Thanks for the clarification, Ben.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

Dam, it's selling very well i see. I want to try it out with Sorcerer and Socom 4, as well as Killzone 3.

And any other game that might come out for it.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

That sorcery game will be a big one – I think. After the absolutely awful Harry Potter game though, people may be a bit gun-shy of a magic based game.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

I agree.

ZettaiSeigi
ZettaiSeigi
9 years ago

What makes this even more impressive is that Sony sold as much without necessarily shoving it down everybody's throats.

swapnilgyani
swapnilgyani
9 years ago

Or getting it hacked the two days after release.

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

I believe that even if Sony had that absurd advertising budget available they would not market the way MS does. Sony is notorious for their ads but I have never been given the impression that I am being tricked into purchasing their products. Snake oil indeed.

@Swap. It seems that Kinects hackability is actual helping Kinect sales. I am going to hack one to flush the toilet for me.

ABUrabad
ABUrabad
9 years ago

sweet dude

Riku994
Riku994
9 years ago

I may get it someday, mostly for RE5. Other than that, unless a really good title gets compatibility (Borderlands or BL2 would be a seller for me) it's a maybe.

Riku994
Riku994
9 years ago

I'm not really into Heavy Rain. And I don't even understand how Move would work with HR..

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

It's quite simple. Gestures are required rather than button presses or analog waggles. Heavy Rain is better played with Move than the Duel Shock.

thj_1980
thj_1980
9 years ago

The move is simple to find they are all over my wal-mart and futurshops. I can't wait for mine.

Orvisman
Orvisman
9 years ago

And they are scarce here in northern New Jersey.

Ludicrous_Liam
Ludicrous_Liam
9 years ago

HAHA

Microsoft went crazy with ads here in the UK..(load of properganda BS) Honestly sometimes 3 times during breaks and once they had two in a row…

Yet they sold like 2 million lool.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

To be fair though, Move has been on the market a bit longer. Granted with the amount of money they spent on advertising, it's logical to assume they should have sold more. They still might if given the same amount of time.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

$500million on marketing, it will be a total failure if it doesn't sell more than Move but at the moment it's probably selling faster.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

I got to say I was very excited about Move and even tho I thought I'd never really get into sports champions I went ahead and bought it.

Surprisingly Sports Champions is a lot of fun, never thought I'd say that. It's really impressive that they have sold that many units considering there isn't a wide variety of good games for move right now. Sports Champions is awesome, but I'm still waiting for a lot of other games, sorcery being my number 1 move wishlist game.

I have had my move since september and I still play sports champions a few hours a week. Too cold to go outside, no problem, how about a little disc golf in the living room. Love it.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

The Kinect has sold 2.5 million in 2 weeks, but….
I'll bet at least a 1/3 of them were bought by hackers just to interface with their programs on other non-console devices, like was already done(& shown on vids) with a Roomba vacuum cleaner.

Plus factor in that M$ is still out there throwing around their $500 million at Kinect advertising just to try & win bragging rights, and I can't see MS getting very much profit at all out of it.
Plus all the free Kinect's given out at Oprah, DeGeneres, & Boys clubs, Burger King, the Times Square launch, and other assorted places.
Since M$ counts Shipped as being sold, then I'm sure they also counted all the giveaways as sold too.

Anyway, I mean come on now, ever since MS canceled the Milo Project, there's a few hundred thousand less child molesters that will be fondling Kinect.


Last edited by BikerSaint on 12/1/2010 1:19:35 AM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Another 1/3 of them were given away as one of the many marketing ploys that $500 million MS spent, paid for.

erislocker
erislocker
9 years ago

CNN has an article on the homepage about how kinect sold 2.5 million units…

funny how move doesn't make even a fraction of advertising that kinect does yet still surpasses it by far…
pret-ty interesting.

dirdiggler
dirdiggler
9 years ago

Is Sony making money off the Ps3 now? Or have they been? Little behind on times here i suppose.

Masterofallz
Masterofallz
9 years ago

Yeah they have been since the slim PS3's. Recently they reported a positive in their income instead of the usual negatives

sonic1899
sonic1899
9 years ago

Actually it's units shipped not sold. According to their email to CNET, those units were sold to retailers, not to consumers… Still, very impressive numbers.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-20024165-17.html

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

That's what I read also. The 4.1 million is projecting those sales upon what has currently been ordered by the retailers, so it may actually be quite close to that.

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

If Sony creates a Killer app then Move will skyrocket.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

I have a feeling there is quite a few hold outs waiting for Killzone 3 to arrive. I know a couple.

dkmrules
dkmrules
9 years ago

http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/30/sony-ships-4-1-million-playstation-move-controllers-to-retailers/

Sorry to burst your collective bubble, but this says that theyre SHIPPED numbers

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

All I can tell you is what was in the press release. The word "shipped" didn't exist anywhere.

That being said, you can interpret "sold" however you please.


Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 11/30/2010 6:36:17 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I'm gonna go ahead and interpret "sold" as sold.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Glad its a success nstuff. Hopefully it will get the Wii children into real gaming.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

I think the move itself, because it would be weird if they did only the controller.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

True, but don't they have the Bundle with the controller? I can't remember what's added into it though.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

They are counting the Move device itself, whether stand-alone or in a bundle. They do not count the sub-controller or PSEye into this tally, if they are sold seperately.
Peace.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

@Lawless,

That's a good way to do it since there are already many millions of the PSEye already in the hands of customers, and the sub-controller is optional and it's role can be fulfilled by a standard DS3.

H8WL3R
H8WL3R
9 years ago

Highlander,

True the DS3 can fulfill the Move nav controller's function, but personally when I tried using it in conjunction with the Move motion controller I found it awkward and unwieldly. Have you (or anyone else tried it) and if so, how did you or others find the Move and DS3 combo? I did try it though, only for a brief period of time for the Tiger Woods Golf demo, (although the DS3 wasn't needed often and could be set down). I also tried it for the Heavy Rain demo in conjuction with Move and felt the same (also briefly). I think I would prefer to use the nav controller for Move required/compatible games. I suppose though that the DS3 may be better used for bowling games, while holding it in the middle. I wonder if the Move motion controller would more precise and accurate though.

Thanks for your time. Later.