Sony Says It Has Sold 8 Million Moves and 50 Million PS3s

Sony has finally come out and released numbers on the sales of its motion-sensitive Move controller — 8 million units since the Move’s release on September 17, as of April 3.

That means it took Sony a little better than six and a half months to do what the Kinect accomplished in two.

So the Move isn’t breaking any records, unlike Kinect, although it is kicking Kinect’s ass in Japan. But 8 million units isn’t anything to sneer at necessarily, and Sony also dropped another big bombshell: The company has sold 50 million Playstation 3s in total, I guess since it launched way back in the Long Long Ago of 2006.

Last we’d heard, the PS3 had sold 41.6 million units during its lifetime, just behind the Xbox 360′s 44.6 million. That was in October, when math was suggesting that the PS3 could surpass the Xbox 360 in lifetime sales. If Sony’s loose talk about 50 million units is accurate — that figure was in a quote in a press release, so here’s your grain of salt — that might mean the PS3 has, in fact, overtaken the 360 in sales figures.

But probably maybe not. Microsoft released sales figures for the last quarter, which ended in March 2011, and had unloaded 433,000 Xbox 360s to take the top sales slot in the U.S. Sony, on the other hand, didn’t release numbers. So 50 million may well be an exaggeration of the face-saving kind — especially since Sony doesn’t seem willing to produce the actual numbers to back it up.

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