Sony leads Microsoft in motion sensor sales

Sony PlayStation Move sells more units worlwide so far than Microsoft Kinect

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Sony leads Microsoft in motion sensor sales Sony has sold 4.1 million Move controllers worldwide so far
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By  Mark Sutton Published  December 2, 2010

Sony is beating Microsoft in the sale of motion sensing games devices, according to figures released by the company.

Microsoft announced earlier this week that it has sold around 2.5 million Kinect sensor units since launch at the start of November, while Sony has sold 4.1 million units of its PlayStation Move motion-controller since it was launched in September.

Both companies are bullish about the prospects for their respective systems and for sales during the holiday season. Microsoft expects to double sales totals to shift five million Kinect systems by the end of the year.

"We are thrilled about the consumer response to Kinect, and are working hard with our retail and manufacturing partners to expedite production and shipments of Kinect to restock shelves as fast as possible to keep up with demand," said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. "With sales already exceeding two and a half million units in just 25 days, we are on pace to reach our forecast of 5 million units sold to consumers this holiday."

Sony PlayStation Move is a motion sensing controller, which operates with the PlayStation Eye camera, to sense motion and control games action. At present there are 25 Move games available, with Sports Champions, Start the Party, EyePet Move Edition, MAG, and SingStar Dance being the most popular, according to Sony.

Microsoft's Kinect is a controller-free system, which uses a camera array to tack the users movement, and relate that directly to onscreen action. There are currently 17 Kinect titles available.

2848 days ago

A misleading and inaccurate article; and one that displays the writer's ignorance or lack of depth in understanding the gaming industry. First of all Sony's numbers are the number of units that they sold into retail, not sold to customers. Sony has clarified this to numerous publications and actually that's what their press release also said. Microsoft's numbers are sold through to customers. Why is this important, because the estimated retail inventory for a product like Move is around 1.6 million units - deduct that from Sony's 4.1 million and you get a sell though of approximately 2.5 million.
Secondly Move ideally needs 2 controllers, as each and every one of the move game trailers show. So a single person could buy 2 controllers (actually 4 if he wants to play with another friend - but would rather leave that out of the equation to keep things simple). Consumer polling carried out over a sample of PlayStation Move owners shows that the average number of controllers per Move setup is 1.55. Using this, we can estimate that the number of unique Move-compatible PS3s out there is over 1.6 million worldwide. A single owner has no need to buy more than 1 Kinect sensor - so no such factoring is required for Kinect sales - so they remain at 2.5 Million.
Thirdly, Move launched around 11 weeks back and Kinect launched 4 weeks back; and inspite of that Kinect stands at 2.5 Million VS 1.6 Million of Move. In fact, after four weeks of release, the number of unique Move customers stood at 600,000 worldwide and Wii hardware sales at the same point in time stood at 1.65 million so Kinect has actually sold faster than both combined in these first few weeks!

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