Sony: Move ships 4.1 million units worldwide

Tuesday, 30th November 2010 19:35 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Sony’s announced it’s shipped 4.1 million units of PlayStation Move since its launch in September.

It comes on the back of figures from Microsoft last night, announcing it had sold 2.5 million Kinect units since its launch earlier this month worldwide.

It was thought that Sony mentioned sales of the motion controller following today’s announcement, but the company’s told Joystiq it actually meant shipping numbers. Oopsie.

“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,”  said a Sony rep.

Shipping figures of PlayStation Eye and the sub-controller for the time PS Move was released weren’t given. The Eye is essential to use Move, while the sub-controller isn’t mandatory.

The motion wand was unveiled at E3 2009, and got a proper blow-out at GDC back in March.

It launched in Europe and US in September before releasing in October in Japan.



  1. cookiejar

    Christ. Good news indeed, but this is Sony. Are they proper actual sales figures, or shipped to retailer figures?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Bleak Harvest


    #2 4 years ago
  3. back_up

    as always Sony kick the ass of M$ by beating RROD 360 and Garbage Windows

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Is that ’4.1 million PS3 owners now have Move’ or ‘we’ve sold 4.1 individual bits and pieces from the Move hardware line-up’?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Johnny Cullen

    Move itself. They didn’t provide numbers on other stuff for it, like the Eye, the sub-controller, the gun, etc.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Mike

    Wonder if it shipped new PS3s with it, or it was just bought by existing owners.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Psychotext

    Yeah, it’s the bundles and the move controller. Very strong figures, I’d wager it must be doing well in mainland Europe because it’s not really done anything at all in the US and Japan. Europe does love them some motion gaming though (they were very big on the eyetoy too).

    @1: Those are sold to retailer figures. They always are unless specifically stated otherwise.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. orakaa

    Well, that’s an impressive number !

    I’m not THAT surprised, as on almost every retail videogame website I go, the MOVE remains amongst the top sellers.

    I have bought one myself and am pretty pleased by its accuracy (love it in Resident Evil 5), but now we need more HARDCORE GAMES… and by that, I mean a bloody good STAR WARS game where you can manipulate a lightsaber with the Move ^^

    #8 4 years ago
  9. pukem0n

    is that sell through numbers or shipped?
    it doesnt say anywhere so im guessing shipped

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Razor

    This is just shipped right?

    Numbers are kind of pointless.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Blerk

    They’ve sold loads more than I thought they had, then – kudos.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. DaMan

    how come there’s no link to Sony in that post??

    this site is a bunch of sonybots! unbelievable!

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Michael O’Connor

    Quit over-analysing it people. Does it really matter?

    Anyway, great numbers regardless. Well deserved.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. mescalineeyes

    No, please keep over-analyzing this. carefully worded press-release is carefully worded.

    If this number was the actual number of devices sold to customers, one thinks Sony would be way clearer about it.

    Good show, nonetheless, and a fantastic as fuck device.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Kalain

    Define “Sell”.

    I got a new Phone with a new PS3 and Move, so is that counted as a sale? Probably

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    I call BS

    Or Japan is hard at buying these things.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Hellequin

    oh my god… people are soo stupid…

    If u are a xbox fanboy keep believing that vg247 are laying on this. But i received same PR from sony im my email… keep you fagness to yourself… Move was a sucess, can you believe or not, stop posting the same shit over and over in comments please.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. dylanspronck

    - Kevin Butler, VP of BOOMing Sales

    #18 4 years ago
  19. OrbitMonkey

    @8 It works well with resi5 then? I’m very tempted by that, but don’t want something that feels tacked on.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. DaMan

    once again I overestimated the internet’s collective IQ.

    clearly an ‘/s’ at the end of that post was necessary.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. dylanspronck

    @VG247, Why is Kinect sold 2.5 million featured on top of the page, but Move sold 4.1 million not? Xbox fans at VG247?

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Gekidami

    Wait, where did Sony announce this? In a press release?

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Joe Anderson

    @22 Yeah in a press release and its says sold not shipped.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Razor

    But it doesn’t say sold, and neither does it say shipped…it just says “sales”. That’s open to interpretation I think.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. cookiejar

    In that case, nice one Sony. Its a great product. Just need some killer games next year.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. OrbitMonkey

    @21 Actually VG247 is a front for a sect of Cthulla worshipers who hope repeated stories about MS will awaken the many tentacled beast from its slumber in the dark beyond… Honest!

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Johnny Cullen

    *worships photo of Don Mattrick*

    #27 4 years ago

    It’s official! Sony has won the HD console war!

    It’s finally over!!

    #28 4 years ago
  29. CaptPierce

    I though Kinect had this one – being advdertised at half a billion with every piece of media out there and having a slightly larger install base. But by the end of the day, quality > quantity everytime. I’ve tried Move and loved it, and getting one this Chirstmas. Kudos to Sony on this one. :)

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Michael O’Connor

    *sets up a stand for people to pick up their own free tin-foil hats whenever they desire*

    #30 4 years ago
  31. DaMan

    @29 I thought Kinect has been out for a month, and Move launched in September?

    #31 4 years ago
  32. dirigiblebill

    As somebody pointed out to me on FB, it doesn’t specify *who* those 4.1 million units have been sold to. Consumers? Retailers? Martians? A mix of all three? :)

    I’m sure plenty of people are buying, either way. I’d like to see Move do well. Red Steel 3 on PS3 pls.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. NeoSquall

    I purchased a PS3 Move bundle last week and I’m pretty much satisfied with the move itself, a bit less about the lack of proper gaming software since European bundles only got a lame demo disc instead of Sports Champions like US has. Neverthless I’m having my fun with these demos and I’m considering buying a second Motion controller (I’m not sure I’ll ever need a Navigation controller before I get Killzone 3) and Sports Champions and beat the crap out of my Wii-using cousin this Christmas :]

    #33 4 years ago
  34. M2Kx

    OMG we’re doomed! First 2.5 million kinect sold and now this! Shipped or sold who cares? It’s terrifying…

    #34 4 years ago
  35. The Hindle

    Move has sold 4.1m, Kinect has sold 2.5m end off. No discrediting no playing it down both have been a success.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. itsucks

    Ha ha, they can’t put the money where their mouth is, Shipped to retailers isn’t sold, dumbasses.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Mike W


    It amazes me how stupid you can be sometimes. It’s obvious you don’t have a PS3 (you probably don’t even have a 360, seeing how you are always trolling this site) so why the fuck do you care how many units the Move sold?

    In any case, I tip my hat to Sony and Microsoft good job on both products.

    #37 4 years ago
  38. datamonkey

    @3 – How did you work that out?

    #38 4 years ago
  39. keyvan812

    so where is the link to press release ?!

    #39 4 years ago
  40. OrbitMonkey

    @30 is that Sony branded tin foil?

    #40 4 years ago
  41. dylanspronck

    It says “The number includes sales tallied in North America, Europe/PAL territories, Asia, and Japan and does not account for sales of stand-alone PlayStation Eye cameras or PlayStation Move navigation controllers. “

    #41 4 years ago
  42. mortiferus

    How is this shocking to anyone? it’s not like Move is priced at $149.00 like Kinect, I am more shocked that Kinect sold that many units given it’s high price.

    #42 4 years ago
  43. keyvan812

    There we go !! , It is 4.1 million units of Move Shipped not sold ! , “engadget” says so.

    #43 4 years ago
  44. ByloBoy

    @ 7

    Pardon me if I’m wrong, but the country that truly loves motion gaming should be the U.S. I mean, Nintendo has made such huge sales of the Wii in the land of hopes and dreams.

    PlayStation is more popular as a brand in Europe than Xbox, and therefore I find it very logical that Sony ships the Move relatively more to Europe.

    #44 4 years ago
  45. DSB

    The interesting thing isn’t really shipped versus sold or how big the saturation is right now in my opinion. I’m more interested in where those gadgets are gonna go once the initial excitement wears off.

    Right now people are buying both because they’re new, but they still haven’t proven whether they’re actually worth it in the end.

    It would be interesting to see which gadget is the easier and more cost-effective to develop for, and how that will impact developers.

    #45 4 years ago
  46. ivycrew707

    Well as a seller you would have more “shipped” to you because you’ve “sold” what you have…until the end of the holidays the numbers for both Move and Kinect will be about right by the time the buying dies down.

    #46 4 years ago
  47. Vistrix

    It doesn’t matter if its shipped numbers or sold to consumer numbers.

    The fact is, Sony have sold 4.1 million units of Move. Thats all that matters…

    #47 4 years ago
  48. dirigiblebill

    Shipped not sold, innit.

    #48 4 years ago
  49. Mike


    Fucking amateurs.

    #49 4 years ago
  50. Razor

    So dumb for Sony to do this. If the sell-through numbers were anything to shout about, they’d release them.

    #50 4 years ago
  51. Johnny Cullen

    Christ almighty. Consider this fixed.

    Fucking nora.

    #51 4 years ago
  52. cookiejar

    @51 On here, they won’t stop until theres blood :D

    #52 4 years ago
  53. Mike


    #53 4 years ago
  54. Johnny Cullen

    I’m so going to bed.

    #54 4 years ago
  55. Kalain

    Whats Nora done to deserve that outburst. She’s probably crying over he mug of Ovaltine now.. :P

    #55 4 years ago
  56. Anders

    You’d think that they could’ve written that in the press release.

    #56 4 years ago
  57. NeoSquall

    @45 “It would be interesting to see which gadget is the easier and more cost-effective to develop for, and how that will impact developers.”

    It’s easy to note that Kinect is already a dumbed down version of what has been showed at E3 2009 and who knows what they’ll have to strip from it to further lower its price (PS3 is the prime example) before the technology itself becomes cheaper to produce.

    #57 4 years ago

    What’s this??


    It’s official! Microsoft have won the HD console war (again), and Sony are just a bunch of spinsters!

    Who says gamers are fickle?

    #58 4 years ago
  59. sg1974

    I see GIGAHURTZ is back flaimbaiting the ps3 news articles again. People complain about other’s but at least they try to make a contribution to debates

    #59 4 years ago

    No, that’s your problem. You don’t see anything.

    Just your delusional fanboy based paranoia causing an inability in your narrow mind to see a simple light joke.

    Your hypersensitivity to comment #58 (but not #28) is amusing.

    #60 4 years ago
  61. sg1974

    I see GIGAHURTZ is back calling everyone a fanboy again. People complain about other’s but at least they try to make a contribution to debates

    #61 4 years ago
  62. Jan

    I would really like to see how many they sold, its easy to say they ship that many since there is many retailer out there.

    #62 4 years ago
  63. Michael O’Connor

    To be frank, if Sony or Microsoft ever want these to be hugely successful alternatives to the Wii, they’re going to have to start shipping them with their consoles by default.

    #63 4 years ago
  64. Gadzooks!


    I’d say it’s a given that Move and Kinect, or evolutions of them, will come as basic kit for the next round of consoles.

    I would also expect Move/Kinect bundles to start replacing standalone console boxes, in much the same way that motionplus is pretty much standard now in Wii boxes.

    #64 4 years ago
  65. DrDamn

    Yeah I’d like to see better value bundle deals from both MS & Sony on consoles but I think they are both precursors to full inclusion in new consoles in a couple of years. The Move stuff I can see implemented in a linked/detachable main controller – though not sure what will be done with the ball bits. Kinect somehow being incorporated into a single box which is the console too is a possibility – throws up it’s own problems but there are ways and means.

    #65 4 years ago
  66. Gadzooks!

    Kinect will not come built into the console housing itself, if that is what you are suggsting.

    Sold in the box with console as one packaged product, yes, but the sensor would still be separate.

    #66 4 years ago
  67. OlderGamer

    I agree with two points:

    Neither Move nor Kinect offer much in terms of value. Their prices are too high and they lack worthy pack ins.

    Secondly if they want this to sell, they need to be packed in with the said systems, AT NO EXTRA COST.

    Otherwise the Wii simply looks more atractive and is priced better.

    And now, after playing all three(Wii, Move, Kinect) I can honestly say there is little difference in the experiences they offer. They are all gimmick based distractions. Novelties at best. Imo, of course.

    #67 4 years ago
  68. DrDamn

    That was what I was suggesting. There are obviously some boundaries to that, maybe if we were talking more than a couple of years down the line. Do away with the optical drive cut down the internals a little and it’s feasible isn’t it? Ok it’s a bit out there but conceptually quite nice.

    #68 4 years ago
  69. Gadzooks!


    That wont happen, for several reasons:

    1) Kinect is motorised.
    2) Sensitive opticals would not work well in a housing with fans and drives (HDD and they would not do away with the optical drive)
    3) Kinect works best at eye level.

    I can see Kinect shrinking down considerably in future iterations, but it will always be a connectable peripheral.

    #69 4 years ago
  70. cookiejar

    They’ve still ‘Moved’ an extremely decent amount, though.

    Sorry, had to :D

    #70 4 years ago

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