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Sony leads Microsoft in motion sensor sales

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

Sony leads Microsoft in motion sensor sales
Sony has sold 4.1 million Move controllers worldwide so far
Sony leads Microsoft in motion sensor sales
while Microsoft has shifted 2.5 million Kinects

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.

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