Sony’s PlayStation Move controller was introduced just over a week ago and it looks like initial stock is selling out. Curious to see how the Sports Champions PS3 game played with two PlayStation Move controllers, I set out on a search online and at local stores. I soon discovered that retailers online were low on stock, backordered, or sold out of the PS Move controller. This includes Amazon.com (2 to 4 week delivery estimates), GameStop.com, Walmart.com, Target.com (2-4 week est.), Buy.com and even Sony’s own SonyStyle.com. Some online retailers did have stock at the time of this writing, which include Toysrus.com, Kmart.com and BestBuy.com.
With the majority of online retailers selling out, I headed out to see what the PlayStation Move controller inventories were like in stores. From the three local stores I visited (Best Buy, GameStop and Toys R Us), only Toys R Us had stock. Their inventory was very slim with one lone PlayStation Move controller available.
A PlayStation 3 system can support up to four PlayStation Move controllers at a time. You can see how the demand may be particularly strong on the PlayStation Move controller, versus the one required PlayStation Eye camera and the optional PlayStation Move Navigation Controller. Players looking to dual-wield PlayStation Move controllers or play multiplayer PlayStation Move games may face dealing with shortages.
This is by no means a broad study of PlayStation Move inventory or sales, but a personal experience I had looking for an additional PlayStation Move controller. Could this mean supply of the PlayStation Move controller will be slim for the holiday season? I reached out to Sony Computer Entertainment America for a comment on how they see inventory, supply and demand on their side. How has the PlayStation Move controller stock been in your area?