Not long after the sales figures of Microsoft’s Kinect motion controller were released, Sony has issued a press release with the sales numbers for its own Move motion controller. Sony said Tuesday that it has shipped 4.1 million PlayStation Move motion controllers worldwide in the two months since the company began selling the devices.
The Move is Sony’s latest big add-on to its PlayStation 3 game console. It sells as a standalone set that comes with a controller, PlayStation Eye camera and the game “Sports Champions” for $100, or a bundle with a 320 GB PlayStation 3 console for $400. Click here to buy it from Amazon.
Sony’s announcement arrives right after Microsoft revealed it has sold 2.5 million Kinect motion sensors since its debut in early November. Nintendo also announced this week consumers scooped up 600,000 Wii consoles during the week of Black Friday. Calling it a “milestone,” Sony said in a press statement that “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.”
Sony said that it counted a Move controller as a sale if it was shipped either by itself, or as part of the two separate PlayStatin Move bundles that company shipped. A Sony spokesman said that the company had no plans to release the sell-through data.
However, when it comes to unit sales, Microsoft’s Kinect is at a disadvantage. Both Sony and Nintendo require controllers for all players who want to enjoy their respective motion-gaming experience. More than one controller is needed for multiplayer experiences, meaning homes might have several Wii Remotes or Move controllers. To play with Microsoft’s motion option, consumers need only to buy a single Kinect unit per console to play either individually or with others.
But by each company’s respective internal estimates, Microsoft is indeed selling Kinect systems at a quicker clip than Sony is selling Move controllers. Sony reached 4.1 million Move units sold in about two and a half months; the Move first launched in Europe on September 15th. In comparison, Microsoft has reached more than half of that with the Kinect at 2.5 million units sold, in under half the time, more than three weeks compared to nearly two and a half months.