Sony moves a million Moves in first month

Sony is "absolutely maxed out" of PlayStation Move controllers, according to president Jack Tretton, signaling that gamers do see value in new motion-sensing controllers, which may be a good sign for Microsoft's Kinect.

"Retail demand is incredibly strong and we're working hard to keep the product in stock," said Tretton in a statement. Sony's European division also just reported sales of 1.5 million Move units. The division of Sony behind the Move technology is based in Europe.

Above: It's the glowing orbs... people just gotta have the glowing orbs

Sonyplanned for a moderate Move reception,and came out at or ahead of expectations. Microsoft, on the other hand, is being extremely pompous about its plans for Kinect. With an enormous marketing budget - larger than any other launch in its history - Microsoft expects Kinect to sell more launch units than the PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, or any other game has ever sold in its inaugural month.

Although only a few casual PlayStation Move-branded games came out with the new controller's launch, Sony and other publishers worked for months to make PS3 back-titles compatible with the device. The real killer Move apps are actually not the ones with the Move branding on the box, but rather older titles like Heavy Rain and MAG.

Above: If Microsoft has its way, this is what every game experience will be like from now on

Microsoft doesn't have that luxury because Kinect is a completely new experience, and to re-engineer past titles would be very difficult or impossible.

"We believe consumers have already shown their preference for a precise, interactive game experience. We are on target to meet our end of year goals and expect sales to increase as our publishers and developers continue to update popular titles and introduce new games," added Tretton.

So now it's your play, Kinect. Let's see if you can hold up to your promises.


Oct 22, 2010