IGN’s Arthur Gies thought it odd when Sony PR man Jack Tretton claimed that 1M units of the PlayStation Move had been sold in the United States.
As it is, his suspicions were correct.
Sony confirmed that one million units were not sold; rather, that figure was the number of units shipped to stores.
Sony did not disclose actual sales figures. Previous analyst estimates indicate, however, that Move U.S. sales were around 300,000 units in September.
Tretton’s response? “Retail demand is incredibly strong and we’re working hard to keep the product in stock. We believe consumers have already shown their preference for a precise, interactive game experience”, which sounds suspiciously like Tretton talking about PlayStation 3 “shortages”. Will he be offering $1200 for each unsold Move?
Other Jack Tretton lies:
- “The PSP owns the DS.” (Wrong even in 2006, laughably wrong now.)
- “I’ll pay you $1200 for every unsold PS3.” (February 2007, when Tretton claimed PS3′s were selling out and had a shortage. He owes Gabe and Tycho $132,000.)
- “PlayStation 3 is most dominant.” (July 2007, while the PS3 is having is price slashed 8 months after release)
- “We killed backwards compatibility because it’s last gen” (October 2007, Tretton admitted it was to spur flagging PS3 game sales)
- “PS3 sold better in ’08 than ’07.” (July 2009, the PS3 sold roughly 30% worse in 2008 than 2007)
- “More than 70 new titles are coming to the PSP by December.” (E3 2010, the PSP didn’t have 70 titles the entire year.)
- “The Move will make you better at games.” (July 2010, an obvious lie or just plain stupidity? You pick.)
[UPDATE: Apparently, 1M units were shipped to North America and Latin America. Sony lumped in a territory that is almost never accounted in sales figures. This is what happens when you don't have real NPD figures available.]
[UPDATE 2: Reuters has corrected its report, and stated 1M units were shipped, not sold, to the "Americas", which doesn't quite let the reader know that it's including all of North America and Latin America.]