PlayStation Move hits 4.1 million

"Remarkable milestone" hit but confusion surrounds exact sales

Sony says number reflects units shifted to stores, not units sold.

Sony has come out firing again in its battle with Microsoft, this time saying it’s shifted a whacking 4.1 million Move controllers worldwide since the system made its debut back in February.

In a self-congratulatory release, timed no doubt to gazump Microsoft’s confirmation that it had flogged 2.5 million Kinects in 25 days, Sony said, “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.”

However, confusion his risen as to just how the Big S reached that 4.1 million figure and what it actually means. Joystiq has found out that the stat actually covers the number of Move controllers shipped to stores and online gadget emporiums, not the number sold across the planet.

Sony said, “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." Is it? We'd have thought actual sales were a better indicator of success.

And then there’s the small matter of how many homes actually have Move. While Kinect’s figures can easily reflect how many homes have got one, Move cannot seeing as you need more than one controller for multiplayer. Engadget has discovered that 75 per cent of those sold are bundled.

Still, Move is clearly doing the business. But with its less than clear initial statement, has Sony been caught out in its attempt to win the phoney war with Microsoft? Let us know what you think on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Via Joystiq and Engadget