Sony: PlayStation Move reaches 4.1 million in worldwide sales

Sony Computer Entertainment has announced that PlayStation Move has reached over 4.1 million units sold worldwide.


Update: There seems to be some confusion as to whether this figure represents the number of Moves actually purchased by consumers or sold to retailers. Though the U.S. press release revealing the sales posted after the jump explicitly says "sold," the Japanese press release mentions "the quantity delivered to the dealer" in a footnote. We've contacted Sony for clarification.

Update 2: A Sony representative explained that the 4.1 million actually represents Move units shipped to stores, adding "While we don't disclose our exact sell-through number, the key is that our retailers continue to ask for more Move units and are taking every unit we can supply them with based on their sales." Which, you know, would have been a cool thing to put in that press release, we think.

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thereapersson3855d ago

This is crazy. And I thought Kinect's 2+ million was a milestone achievement. How is this sort of sales even possible?

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thereapersson3855d ago

Even if that were the case, it puts Move directly on par with Kinect's sales. So really, we're not seeing as much of a gap as many people would have been led to believe in the first place.

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SMOK3xFFx3855d ago (Edited 3855d ago )

Are they really counting Move sales as the controller with the light on the end?

Pirateogta3855d ago (Edited 3855d ago )


Move came out in September, while Kinect came out in November. There's the difference.

2.5 million Kinect units sold = 2.5 million unique Kinect users in 1 month.
4.1 million Move units sold = approx. 2 to 2.5 million unique Move users in 2.5 months.

raztad3855d ago

Nice numbers. Congrats to Sony. Fvk Pachter.

MOVE is a very nice piece of tech. MAg+MOVE=win. BTW, there is a PSN RTS called Swords and Soldiers. It is MOVE compatible and very fun, give it a try.

visualb3855d ago (Edited 3855d ago )

well thereapersson

I believe Move and Kinect (although Move consists of multiple parts thus harder to keep track of, i know for sure the nunchuck does not count) will sell equally / similar numbers

the big message from this is:

both are a huge success. Motion gaming on our beloved HD consoles is here to stay.

it worked...=P thanks a lot nintendo xP

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Shadow_Fox3855d ago

Wow my post was considered trolling for answering a question someone asked? Glad to see having a logical discussion with someone is now considered trolling.

I'll start posting more troll comments like this, and maybe my comments will last.

"Microsoft just pooped in they pants lol jk.

Great sales for Move and Sony didn't need to spend 500 million for advertising. Word of mouth helped a lot."

Mr_Bun3855d ago

I'm still trying to figure out what Shadow_Fox said to get hit with trolling. Unless it was just a mistake, it is looking like Odion is getting pretty liberal with the trolling label

*waits for my comment to get labeled as well*

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AnointedD3855d ago

I'm going to play devil's advocate here and simply say this, Kinect sold 2.5 million in 25 days, averaging 100 000 units per day.
Move has sold 4.1 million units in 75 days(17 september - ) averaging 54667
Make of it what you will

TheBlackSmoke3855d ago

So funny how all of a sudden headstarts count now.

Ju3855d ago

For the people, who have trouble to follow a link.

The figure applies to the complete Move bundle, which packs the remote itself and a PlayStation Eye camera, and excludes sales of standalone remotes or Eyes.

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Orvisman3855d ago

Those saying that the Move requires two or more controllers for two or more players need to read the article a little more closely.

“The figure applies to the complete Move bundle, which packs the remote itself and a PlayStation Eye camera, and excludes sales of standalone remotes or Eyes.”

If that sentence wasn’t in the original article here on this site, I apologize because I can’t read the article here. I keep getting an error message. I had to read it here:

Haro3855d ago

@ thereapersson ~ "This is crazy. And I thought Kinect's 2+ million was a milestone achievement. How is this sort of sales even possible?"

Probably for a few different reasons (along with some added info included)

1) There are many people who already have the PS Eye
2) Which in turn means they only have to buy a single PS Move to experience Accurate Motion Control
3) The cost of said PS Move is MUCH cheaper than the cost of it's competitor
4) Even if one doesn't have a PS Eye the Bundle is still cheaper @ only $99
5) The fact that the PlayStation has over 20 in house devs that will support Casual along with Core gamers (hard or regular) tells them they will get more for their money and quality to boot!
6) The PS Move did great sales BEFORE Black Friday and with the help of it now it has gone up ;P
7) And Christmas isn't even here yet

I have to add that the 500 Million that MS has coffered for Kinect includes much more giveaways in an attempt to flood the market to give a false sense of penetration/success. Yes the same could be said about the PS Move and Sony's promo's but you don't see or hear any where near as much as MS's adverts/giveaways. Hence MS's base is "fluffed up" while still having a smaller installed/sold base.

Whether you like MS or not the fact is people remember what the 360 has done to burn bridges (so to say), because of it's consistent major manufacturing problems. And I honestly I wouldn't doubt that between the casual aspect of it in conjunction with peoples trepidation with backing/wasting hard earned cash on something that has a clear gimmicky aspect within it that it is having a drastic affect on it's sales.

If you stand back with an open mind and a willingness to comprehend the situation from different angles, the future of Xbox doesn't seem as strong as many ignorant posters here on N4G (all sides) that incessantly spam comments every day with nothing more than weakly supported argumentative & baseless information.

Biggest3855d ago

Wow. I would imagine that the total sales are even higher then. Although, I haven't seen a stand alone Move remote since the first day. I think they're still selling them. lol

AnointedD3855d ago

whats really funny is how headstarts suddenly don't count.

raztad3855d ago


Scratch the whole Kinect vs MOVE war bullsh!t. I think people is happy with MOVE good sales. Many predicted it would flop but clearly it didnt. Probably it surpassed Sonys own expectations by far.

More sales = more software support = big win for gamers and Sony.

TheBlackSmoke3855d ago (Edited 3855d ago )

But the difference is, no PS3 owner is acting like the headstart never happened.

The main point is that the Move which was supposed to be a "flop" and "forgotten once kinect launches" has sold amazingly considering the low impact advertising campaign.

Lifendz3855d ago

Color me surprised. That motion controller market is really substantial. Best thing about Sony and MS launching their respective motion devices is that it'll probably extend the life of their current consoles.

Fat Bastard3855d ago

If you want to divide move's sales by 2 to account for people buying multiple, why don't we do that to xbox 360 consoles sold? I have only bought 1, but many friends I have who got the RROD have gone out and purchased a second, third, and maybe even fourth new machine. We don't take this into account when we consider consoles sold though do we?

Mizz_mai3855d ago

And without any gimmicks......well done :)

THE BIAS3855d ago

Michael Pachter is a massive pig's arse

Black-Helghast3855d ago


How much is the kinect? 150$

How much is 2 Playstation moves? 100$

Even if you buy two moves, 1 kinect is more expensive.

anh_duong3855d ago

you guys spend too much of your valuable life mass debating

thesummerofgeorge3855d ago

Selling way better than I thought...

Also, It seems like the mods are going trigger happy with the flagging of comments for "trolling" etc... Clearly it's not the users voting that way. What would we do without the firm hand of the mods to keep us in line?

NeoBasch3855d ago (Edited 3855d ago )

Check out the full press release below:


Remarkable Milestone Achieved in Just 2 Months since Its Release in September

Tokyo, November 30, 2010 - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced that the sales of PlayStation®Move motion controller for the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment system reached over 4.1 million units worldwide*1. The milestone was reached in just 2 months since its release in September for North America, Europe/PAL territories and Asia, and 1 month since the release in October for Japan. 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.

PlayStation Move motion controller is used in combination with the PlayStation®Eye camera*2 to detect the 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. Delivering the most realistic and immersive experience, PlayStation Move not only captures user's motion but also player's image itself to offer new augmented reality experiences in select games.

PlayStation Move offers more than 25 supported/dedicated titles for Europe/PAL territories up to date with vast line-up of software titles from all genres and all types of audiences. Some of the successful titles include Sports Champions, Start the Party, EyePet Move Edition, MAG, SingStar Dance and more. Upcoming PlayStation Move titles include the platform-defining franchises like Killzone 3 and LittleBigPlanet 2 that will further establish PlayStation Move as the must have motion experience for casual and hard-core gamers alike.

More than 41.6 million PS3 system has been sold globally*3 and despite entering its 5th year since launch, the system is yet to record another year of success. PS3, equipped with sophisticated processing units as well as future proof cutting-edge technologies, unfolded its potential, this year, with the introduction of PlayStation Move and stereoscopic 3D capabilities. SCEI will further continue to deliver strong value to the platform and will accelerate the growth of the platform by vigorously enhancing the entertainment experience only possible on the PlayStation® platform.

*1 Number as of November 2010. Cumulative number since its release date, September 15 for Europe/PAL territories and Asian countries/regions, September 19 for North America and October 21 for Japan. The number DOES NOT INCLUDE SALES OF STAND-ALONE PLAYSTATION®EYE CAMERA OR STAND-ALONE PLAYSTATION®MOVE NAVIGATION CONTROLLER.

*2 Users will need to use the PlayStation Eye camera to enjoy PlayStation Move motion controller on PS3®.

*3 Number as of September 2010.


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The only question left is whether or not this includes Black Friday sales or the 360gig PS3 Move bundles for $400. We know the press release was issued today: November 30th, 2010. But I doubt this includes the last week of sales.

Boody-Bandit3855d ago

Can someone, anyone, read my post above and tell me how it was marked as trolling? WTF is happening to this site?

Seriously is a moderator off his meds?

DaTruth3855d ago

Sony only counts console sales as sold through. All peripherals are tallied as shipped because PS3 only makes money when it is in a customer's home, while games and peripherals make money for shareholders right off the back!

HolyOrangeCows3855d ago

Move is beating the Kinect in sales.
Here come the hypocrites that said "Stop using release date gaps as an 'excuse' for total sales being lower"

somerandomdude3855d ago

Here comes the holiday sales spike ...... and a sense of dread for fanboys; whoever wins on the holidays usually wins for the next year or so.

Lightsaber3855d ago (Edited 3855d ago )

That comes out to about 500k sold total. The move require that you buy 7 different pieces. $ony is using this to inflate their number to make it seem like the move is actually saling. If MS had of use the same set up with the kinect it would of sold over 17 million already

lets not forget $ony spent over 4 billion on advertising the move

HolyOrangeCows3855d ago

You're an awful troll. So full of facetious info.

First of all, you only need ONE piece of hardware to play the Move with the PS Eye, and it's all they are counting in their numbers; the Move controller. You can use the DS3 with it for the few titles that use the navigation controller.

"lets not forget $ony spent over 4 billion on advertising the move "
That was confirmed complete BS. No actual source confirms or even has a legitimate claim to it.

suckerpunch3854d ago

sony's is lying. inflating sales again. nobody cares about move. kinect sells 1 unit per group, it doesn't matter if playstation move sells 2, 3, or 4 units per person, kinect outsells it based on hype alone (quality is subjective) already. the number doesn't add up. VG chartz is more reliable.

how suspicious that sony release its move sales shortly after MS. coward ism ? and BS.

Lightsaber3854d ago

HolyOrangeCowgirl god you dont even know how to count 1st you say you only need one piece. then you name of 3 diiferent pieces that you need to play it. even if they were only counting the 3 that only comes out to about 1.4 million.

So you can use the ds3 with moves so what you sayin is $ony is count the sales off all thier controls too. when 75% of the people whee probably just getting a new control and have no interestin motion control. $ony counts it as move sales anyways that just sad.

and the 4 billion they spent isnt BS

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Acquiescence3855d ago (Edited 3855d ago )

Those are some good numbers, I'm glad it's doing well. I haven't bought it yet myself as I don't really see a good reason to. But when some quality Move-heavy exclusives come out I'll pick one up quicker than you can say supercalifragalistidnauidfipbg doshiss.

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ct033855d ago

Sony still hasn't clarified what constitutes a unit. Obviously, each Move controller is one unit. But what about the nunchuck?

cemelc3855d ago (Edited 3855d ago )

You dont need a nunchuck dualshock 3 works just fine. I think a unit is just the move.

JoeReno3855d ago (Edited 3855d ago )

the article said that it did not include stand alone PS eye or the nav. controller

ArtsyGamer3855d ago

This article seems to be saying that the sales are just the move bundle. No standalone stuff, so that's pretty impressive.

JoeReno3855d ago


i believe that bundles, and stand alone Move wands are counted in this.

Bigpappy3855d ago

"The figure applies to sales of the controller itself and the complete Move bundle, which packs the controller and a PlayStation Eye camera, and excludes standalone sales of the Eye or optional Navigation stick."

In other words as long as a Move controller was sold, it was counted. Stand alone or otherwise.

Sprudling3855d ago (Edited 3855d ago )

Damn, Bigpappy beat me to it...

Quote directly from the press release:

"The number does not include sales of stand-alone PlayStation®Eye camera or stand-alone PlayStation®Move navigation controller."

In other words, the number 4.1 million is standalone Move controllers + Move bundles.

RedDevils3855d ago

What can I say, when Patcher Predict something always do the opposite to what he predicted

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dredgewalker3855d ago

More good news for Sony. If this keeps up expect new PS3 games on the horizon. It's not surprising that Move sold well, we have 2 units that are used regularly on our gaming week and I am just waiting for the other Move games and patches to enable it on other games. I just hope that Sony hurry up with game development because it is such a nice addition to the PS3.

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Parapraxis3855d ago (Edited 3855d ago )

Hopefully Sony will make some more Move-only games.

Also, some Sports Champions DLC would be great.

Vherostar3855d ago

Wow people are really gonna try compare Kinects first month sales to this?? You guys are fools for doing so why?? Because no game or accessory sells as much in its second month and after as the first. MOVE sold 2.5 million in its first month and has since calmed down as Kienct will do so too.

It's like with Black Ops sold 7 million in its first week you really think its gonna sell 7 million every week?? No because a big chunk of people will buy day 1. Its ludicrous to compare first week/months sales to something that's been out 10 weeks (not even 3 months like most are posting here)

These sales are great and after 10 weeks of sales I would expect Kinects numbers to be around the same (maybe a bit higher thanks to that half a billion advertising).

Consoldtobots3855d ago

does Kevin Butler GT5 laugh at fanboys who proclaimed Kinect would crush MOVE.

tacosRcool3855d ago

That's good. At least Sony actually sold that many compared to Burger King buying the majority of Kinect hardware and giving them away every 15 minutes.


This is excellent if it was sold ,but I don't think it is cause at my store and my region we always have move stock of move . It's selling ,but not that good. 4.1 million almost seems impossible , MAYBE a big MAYBE after the holidays it's possible , but still don't think so. Kinect is hitting those types of numbers cause we're always running out of stock specially now since black friday came around. We're completely out.Anyone that says move flopped is crazy it's doing good , but not 4.1 million good. just setting the record straight from a real gamer.

Jonoc333854d ago

just because your 'region' isn't selling out doesn't mean others aren't.
besides, move came out in september. kinect came out like a month ago.

PostApocalyptic3855d ago

"Update 2: We've also confirmed with Sony that the sales numbers are in reference to retailers, not consumers, and learned that 75 percent of the sales in the US are bundles -- meaning new console sales or software groupings."

New console sales too! w00t!

XRider3855d ago

Looks like there's been an update to the truth. You people should have known better before jumping on the bashing bandwagon.

Muffins12233855d ago

sony confrimed it was SHIPPED,and move is abotu 3 times more expensive and came out after move and soooo

master_of_ownage3855d ago

wow sony sells more gimick hardware than software..

Spitfire_Riggz3855d ago

And everyone was calling the move a flop.. *KB laugh*

ChrisW3855d ago

This is awesome and all... but why is it that none of the Move Required games are in the top 25 World Wide sales on VGChartz (as of Nov 20th)?

MNicholas3854d ago

The biggest challenge for Move is overcoming the bad habits people have developed from playing the Wii.

Unlike Wii, the Move requires a precise movement, not a simple flick of the wrist.

Consumers used to flicking their wrists will find Move unresponsive. Quite ironic, considering how accurate Move really is.

Legion3854d ago

Read the update:

The 4.1 million is units shipped to retailers. NOT sold to consumers as originally posted.

That is what is wrong with these news feeds sometimes... they exagerate accomplishments and people just run with it.

Sony does not report sales as they have stated in the past. They only report units shipped. (or in this case moved)

Imalwaysright3854d ago

@ suckerpunch Who are you? Why should i trust you instead of Sony? So its ok for MS to announce how much kinect sold but its not ok for Sony to announce how much Move has sold? Nice logic there!!

@ theblacksmoke ts also funny how being more expensive suddendly matters now.

OT i dont care how much Move will sell as long as the PS4 comes standard with a dualshock.

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Malice-Flare3855d ago

but it's likely just to be the standalone Move controller...

Chris3993855d ago (Edited 3855d ago )

Unless there were 4 million PSEye cameras in the user base already (as they're needed for Move) and EVERY one of those people bought Move.

Good numbers in any event.

Edit: Where is the source or PR statement for this article btw? I didn't see anything.

djhsecondnature3855d ago

It was in a press release sent out by Sony.

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ArtsyGamer3855d ago

The article states it is not standalone controllers, it seems to be the Move bundle only.

SuperStrokey11233855d ago

Too bad you never read it, there are indeed specifics...

tplarkin73855d ago

As always, whenever Sony mentions a number, you need to divide it by ten. So, Sony actually sold 410,000 "Moves". They'll be lucky to sell 1 million thru Christmas.

SuperStrokey11233855d ago

are you trying to be stupid or is it just normal for you?

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All_4_One3855d ago

Wow. Move is doing fantastic.

theafroman3855d ago

wow thats really good for them