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Preliminary PlayStation Move Sales Figures

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So the Move hit retail shelves across the planet last week and it’s still far to early for official figures but VGChartz have thankfully stepped up to the plate and using their extensive experience they have predicted/guessed/been told the following figures for the first few days that the Move has been on sale.

So lets head around the planet and check those sales.

  • America – 60 000
  • Europe – 80 000

Yeah the planet according to VChartz is made up of 1 country and a continent… but hey it’s a start and worth looking at for 2 reasons.

First up those figures are looking mighty small but it’s not bad news for Sony as Move will have a seriously long tail with sales continuing for years to come at a steady pace.

It’s also important to note that Sony have spent very little (in the overall scheme of things) advertising the Move yet. The tactic right now seems to be to only advertise on websites (see and click advert on the left) and to only target hardcore gamers.

This is a marked difference from Microsoft who are heading straight down the throat of casual gamers with as much marketing hype as they can muster.

Both are valid tactics and while Microsoft’s will pay off in the short term they have upset a large segment of their core gaming market which could come back to haunt them. Sony has kept their hardcore gamers happy and will be hoping that this core market will be pushing Move onto all their casual gaming friends.

Source: VGChartz

Last Updated: September 21, 2010


  1. RSA-Ace

    September 21, 2010 at 06:46

    Sales do seem pretty low – I was expecting around 200k on opening weekend.

    I read a few articles about Move being sold out. Amazon.com and Shopto.net sold out of their controllers (VGChartz don’t count Amazon and other online retailers sales). Maybe that will make up the rest.

    I wonder how well it did in Japan (I don’t think that well) and ‘Others’.


  2. Geoffrey Tim

    September 21, 2010 at 08:20

    I suspect we didn’t get all that much stock locally, but I found Sport champions and standalone wands to be in short supply this weekend.


  3. Fred

    September 21, 2010 at 08:47

    Well it opened up a new dimension to gaming for me on the ps3 and I hope it does well so that more great titles can be developed , now the ps3 is the complete package. Just hope that boxing/fighting game is great.


  4. Uncle wants a PS3

    September 21, 2010 at 09:28

    I saw both of those items at a Look and Listen. Didn’t seem to be selling much 🙂


  5. Karl Thomson

    September 21, 2010 at 09:36

    I think that it doesn’t have a killer app yet, which is why a lot of gamers are apprehensive to buy it.


  6. Aussious is Kinected

    September 21, 2010 at 10:03

    I don’t think SONY is really serious about pushing this,I mean if you look at how aggressively Nintendo marketed the Wii and MS is pushing the Kinect SONY’s efforts are meagre at best. SONY’s strategy of using the PS brand to push its other businesses has cost them alot already,now they pushing 3D gaming over motion controls a decision I think is flawed on so many levels. Who is going to pay R25 000 plus just to play killzone 3?


  7. doobiwan

    September 21, 2010 at 10:18

    Oh man that is just a FAIL of note 😉


  8. Hayted

    September 21, 2010 at 10:23

    140 000 in total in America and Europe is really tiny I think. I hope the sales go better in the next few months. I think they need a massive game to really push stock. Am I the only one really disappointed in 140 000. (Obviously more with world-wide sales but that would be their niche market). :wassat:


  9. Fred

    September 21, 2010 at 10:26

    Just imagine , a dude with 3d glasses in a dark room staring at a massive 10mm thick flat screen ,with pink and blue glowing orbs in each hand flying all over the show , I think the future has arrived. Now we just need that dual wielding lightsaber Star Wars game to be in geek paradise.


  10. Uncle

    September 21, 2010 at 11:29

    The way Sony operate is the way they always have. They think that just because its Sony, it will sell like hot cakes. Hence the slow sales start of the PS3.


  11. Nick de Bruyne

    September 21, 2010 at 12:04

    I received my mail from SK saying that they are coming to pick up the demo kit on wednesday, which left me with the question of whether or not I want to now go out and by one for myself.

    I realised that I’m pretty much going to stick to my reviews words. I enjoy the Move quite a lot, but it currently lacks any major titles that I would really want it around for. I think I will wait for at least a few Move enabled shooters to be available as well, then it might feel like a good overall package.

    The same for a lot of people I think, It’s a good product, but in my opinion it has yet to shine, and when it finally becomes the full deal its sales will pick up a ton.


  12. Fred

    September 21, 2010 at 13:01

    Sports champions alone made it worthwhile for me to buy two controllers . And Tiger plays well with it too .


  13. Christo Le Grange

    September 21, 2010 at 13:06

    well, I guess its going to be the same with the Kinect…
    If you know that it is going to be awesome later on, why not buy it now?? and get well acquainted…
    but on the other and, what if you buy it and some retailer comes out with a kick-ass XMAS deal later in the year??


  14. Alan

    September 21, 2010 at 13:12

    I spoke to someone at Look and Listen and they said it was selling very well over the weekend. They had to constantly add more to stock. The controllers were in high demand.


  15. Wharen Peace

    September 21, 2010 at 13:13

    Wow, you’re a retarded xbot.


  16. Wharen Peace

    September 21, 2010 at 13:15

    How is that a fail? 140 000 sales from North America (only US sales) and Europe (selected areas only) and that’s excluding other territories. Xbots are retarded.


  17. Wharen Peace

    September 21, 2010 at 13:18

    When exactly has 140 000 become a disappointment? I don’t get it. VGChartz even mention that they didn’t take into account additional controller and camera sales, after all once you buy one camera and a controller you’re pretty much Move-enabled. Don’t forget it’s yet to be released in Japan (only November).


  18. Wharen Peace

    September 21, 2010 at 13:18

    ASSious is retarded!


  19. Wharen Peace

    September 21, 2010 at 13:19

    Just go buy it. It’s not even that expensive. Sheesh!


  20. RSA-Ace

    September 21, 2010 at 14:14

    You do know that there are already games supporting 3D out now and that by the time KZ3 comes out there will be loads of games supporting 3D. Not to mention the fact that 3D BluRay movies are in demand.

    Sony make a lot more money on the TV’s compared to the motion controllers.

    Sony decided to spend little on marketing and thus cut the costs of the controller to the consumer. MS decided to spend a lot of money on marketing and thus they are charging the consumer.

    TL;DR See Wharen’s comments.


  21. doobiwan

    September 21, 2010 at 14:43

    Big time fail. a little short of epic.

    The “next big thing” in Sony land barely cracks 5 digits? Unknown B-Rate games crack bigger numbers in their opening week. Transformers sold more, even Tony Hawk Ride sold more!


  22. Nick de Bruyne

    September 21, 2010 at 15:14

    LOL too true :biggrin:


  23. Steve Hofmeyr

    September 21, 2010 at 15:38

    140 000 units on launch? Are you kidding? The PSP Go sales probably impressed you as well. For your own sake, don’t call other people retarded.


  24. AC!D

    September 21, 2010 at 16:12

    Its a add on peripheral what did you guys expect? Do you all really think Kinect is going to sell 3 million? 😆


  25. Mr Peace

    September 21, 2010 at 18:40

    Lol! You poor miserable xbot, lol why don’t you try to sell 140 000 units of your product? 140 000 over a period of 3 days is a respectable number, especially given that not all the territories have it yet.

    I need to go play with my Move now.


  26. Mr Peace

    September 21, 2010 at 18:48

    You’re the only guys who seem to think selling 140 000 of a peripheral device over less than 3 days is not impressive. Am I missing something here? Is the collective IQ of xbots below 70? You realise that this wasn’t the only weekend that Move was on sale right? The only way to tell if Move will be a success or not will be looking at the numbers in a year or so or whether or not developers support it and crucially that Sony keeps on supporting it.

    Xbots – truly the bottomfeeders of the gaming world.


  27. Mr Peace

    September 21, 2010 at 18:50

    On the software side 100 000 of Sports Champions were sold in the FIRST 3 Days!!


  28. xdvd

    September 21, 2010 at 19:41

    So, it seems that if someone thinks that the 140 000 figure is too low, they are automatically branded xbots. That’s great (sarcasm). Personally, I thought with all the Kevin Butler ads poking fun at the competition that the PS Move would have sold much more considering that the starter pack costs more or less the same as Halo Reach.


  29. Karl Thomson

    September 21, 2010 at 19:58

    My theory is Move will be a slow starter for the time being, and gradually gain traction as more titles are developed for it.

    Sony realised they didn’t have a killer app, I think thats why they aren’t pushing it as hard as MS is pushing Kinect. Rather save those marketing dollars/yen for when the killer app releases.


  30. Sir James vannie Kaap

    September 22, 2010 at 11:43

    When I picked up my second Move controller on Sunday they were just in the process of restocking, and I asked the guy whether it was selling, and in a typical stoner hipster voice he replied “Yeah bru, like lank”.


  31. Sir James vannie Kaap

    September 22, 2010 at 11:47

    We’re dealing with a peripheral, of course it’s not going to sell a million over a weekend, however as some have mentioned above, 140 000 over a weekend is definitely not “fail”. In addition, Sports Champions which haven’t even been heavily advertised, sold just over 100 000 in the first few days.


  32. Sir James vannie Kaap

    September 22, 2010 at 11:50

    That’s what I’m thinking as well, also Microsoft is pushing millions into advertising Kinect, even without having a killer app, so come November, it better ship in huge numbers otherwise they’re starting on a huge loss.

    PS Move is definitely taking Japan in November, Europe will be harder to call but North America will definitely be Kinectland.


  33. Sir James vannie Kaap

    September 22, 2010 at 11:52

    Maybe that’s why the Kinect is so expensive. It’s merely to recoup planned (aggressive) advertising and marketing costs?


  34. Sir James vannie Kaap

    September 22, 2010 at 11:56

    It’s only launching in Japan in November, RSA-Ace.


  35. doobiwan

    September 22, 2010 at 13:27

    I’m sorry you spent money on fail. You don’t have to take it out on everyone else.


  36. Sir James vannie Kaap

    September 22, 2010 at 13:39

    I’m sorry your rampant fanboism is resulting in obvious trolling.


  37. Will

    October 3, 2010 at 05:23

    Seriously, some of you guys are tards. The reason i say that is because of the bickering and bullshit. Look i have all three systems, i just purchased the Move for my PS3, i enjoy playing with the Move just as much as i enjoy playing games on the Wii and one day i’ll buy the Kinect. Instead of bickering back and forth about what system sells more or which one is better why not enjoy the systems you have and who cares what people say. I laugh at how retarded your complaining and trash talking has become-Enjoy video games, that’s what they’re here for and if you want to keep bickering amongst each other like a bunch of star wars versus star trek tards, why don’t you do everyone else a favor and jump off a cliff to your death so everyone else can enjoy our video games so we don’t have to read or hear anymore whining and dumbass bitching-Have a nice day and all three systems are equally bad ass so fuck off and play your games;) 😎


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