PlayStation Move: 4.1 million times

Anything you can do, I can do better… Sony have just announced that their PlayStation Move controller for the PS3 has shipped more than 4.1 million units around the world in the first two months of release.

(They haven’t necessarily sold each one of them, but they have sent them out to retailers, explaining that stores “continue to ask for more Move units and are taking every unit we can supply them with based on their sales”. Sony do not disclose specific sales figures.)

PlayStation Move controller

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According to the powers that be, this number shows “clear success” of the new motion-sensing controller, and suggests big things as we head into this year’s holiday season.

To refresh your memories – the PlayStation Move is used with the PlayStation Eye camera to detect movement, angle and position of the user, so gamers can play as if they were really within the game. There’s also the capability for image capture, which means all sorts of augmented reality experiences are possible now too!
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Anyway. Sales figures. There are 41.6 million PS3s in the wild. By my calculations, this means that if all of the 4.1 million shipped peripherals are sold, roughly one in ten PS3s around the world also have PlayStation Move hooked up – and this is while there are only 25 supported/dedicated titles released for the system in Europe/PAL territories.

Sony explain that the most popular Move-capable games released so far include a wide variety of genres – from Sports Champions to SingStar Dance and even shooter MAG gets a look-in.

They’re also promising that “platform-defining franchises” such as LittleBigPlanet 2 and the eagerly-anticipated Killzone 3 will also feature some motion-detecting, to keep everybody happy regardless of their tastes in gaming.

Will it be enough to ward off the impending march of Microsoft‘s Kinect? I’ll be interested in seeing the numbers after the holiday decorations have been taken down.


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