You may have seen sites reporting that Sony has issued a press release that 4.1M units of the PlayStation Move were sold worldwide.
Once again, Sony is misrepresenting sales by using the total number of units SHIPPED rather than actual end-user sales, which is, once again, lying. You may recall they claimed they sold 2.5M units of the Move a few weeks ago then hastily amended that they meant shipped to retailers.
A little press release from none other than Sony informed us this morning that the company has shipped 4.1 million PlayStation Move controllers worldwide. Alas, that number has been widely misreported as the tally of direct end-user sales, which it most definitely is not. What Sony’s letting us know is total wands that have left its warehouses on their way to retailers, a number that’s one step removed from actual sales results. Still, if you simply must have something to compare against Microsoft’s 2.5 million Kinect sales, there you have it. (Engadget)
The Japanese press release, incidentally, mentions “the quantity delivered to the dealer” in a footnote.
Gotta read that fine print. In Japanese.
Considering only 300K units of Move were actually sold in North America and South America of the 1.3M shipped at the time, that may give you an idea of the disconnect between end-user sales and Moves sitting on the shelf.