UPDATE 2-Sony sells 4.1 million Move systems, races Kinect

* Sony says 4.1 mln Move units sold in two months

* Move on sale in N. America 2 months, Japan 1 month

* Compares with 2.5 mln Kinect sales in 25 days
(Rewrites, adds share prices, details on sales)

SEATTLE, Nov 30 (BestGrowthStock) – Sony Corp (6758.T: ) has sold 4.1
million of its Move motion-sensing game controllers to
retailers worldwide in the two months since launch, putting it
roughly on par with Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O: ) Kinect system as
the holiday shopping season takes off.

On Monday, Microsoft said it had sold more than 2.5 million
of its controller-free Kinect video game systems worldwide only
25 days after launch, keeping it on track to hit its target of
5 million this year. [ID:nN29293910]

Move, launched six weeks earlier, has the lead in overall
sales, but the two seem evenly matched, running at a rate of
more than 2 million units per month.

Sony launched the Move controller — a wand-like device
that allows users to control on-screen gaming action — in
September in North America and in October in Japan.

The device costs $50 for the controller or $400 bundled
with a PlayStation 3. Microsoft’s Kinect system, launched in
early November, costs $150 or $300 bundled with a 4 gigabyte
Xbox console.

The Sony and Microsoft sales figures are not exactly
comparable, as Sony’s number refers to sales to retail stores
whereas Microsoft’s refers to sales to consumers, known in the
business as the “sell-through” number.

Ultimately, the difference may be minor, as both companies
have reported strong demand from retailers and are restocking
store shelves as fast as possible.

The two devices, which are competing with Nintendo’s
(7974.OS: ) Wii motion controller system, look set to buck the
slowdown in video game spending this year, and will likely
benefit from an upbeat start to the holiday shopping season
[ID:nN29211392].

Sony’s U.S.-traded shares (SNE.N: ) rose 1.65 percent on the
New York Stock Exchange, while Microsoft shares were flat on
the Nasdaq.
(Reporting by Bill Rigby; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn, Dave
Zimmerman)

UPDATE 2-Sony sells 4.1 million Move systems, races Kinect