The age of motion control has hit the PlayStation 3, with the PlayStation Move controller in the wild for about a month.
Now, the big question is, did anyone buy the thing? We’ve heard both sides of the spectrum when it comes to the PlayStation Move hype, from the idea that it’s a Wii killer to the fact that many people weren’t that excited about it to begin with.
From a sales point of view, the ‘will anyone buy it’ question has been answered, at least in Europe. Sony Europe’s Andrew House said that the sales in Europe have been “significant”:
“Somewhere in the region of 1.5 million units for the new controller across just Europe.”
House also said that the reception in Europe has been better than expected, so don’t be surprised to hear news that Sony is going to increase production of the peripheral.
While Move may be flying off the shelves across the pond, sales in the United States have been lackluster. Infamous industry analyst Michael Pachter estimated that the PlayStation Move has sold approximately 300,000 units in the U.S. since its release – including peripherals sold in special console bundles. That said, it’s important to keep in mind that these estimates are unofficial, as SCEA hasn’t released any official sales numbers.
While Patcher’s estimates seem shockingly low, in comparison to Europe’s, the slow start wasn’t completely unexpected for Sony. They said they expected Move sales to be a ‘Slow Burn’. Sony even went so far as to compare the launch of Move to the launch of the PlayStation 2 Eye Toy. Pachter also said that he expects Move to drive sales of the PlayStation 3 this holiday season.
While I know many gamers out there are resisting the push towards motion-controlled gaming, it doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere.
For our PS3 owners, did you buy Move controllers yet? do you plan to? If you’re unsure on Playstation Move, make sure to check out Game Rant’s ‘Playstation Move Review & Buyers Guide’ to help you make your decision.