PlayStation Move pricing ‘potentially confusing’

The number of peripherals required to get the full PlayStation Move experience may lead to disappointing sales for Sony, Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter believes.

To be able to play every game available, players need to own the PlayStation Eye camera, two main Move controllers (for Sports Champions‘ crossbow game for example), and the sub-controller (though there is a less comfortable option), which if all added up amounts to roughly $160 and bring with it “the potential to confuse consumers,” Pachter says in a post-E3 analysis.

“Some games can be played with the PlayStation Eye camera and a Move controller, some with the Eye and two Move controllers, and some with the Eye, a Move controller and a Navigation controller.”

“In order to be safe, consumers wishing to participate in the Move experience will have to purchase the Eye, two Move controllers and the Navigation controller, plus a game. If purchased as part of a bundle, the all-in cost to play with Move will approach $180, which we think is beyond the reach of the typical household.”

“We think that Sony’s Move is truly impressive, but remain concerned that initial sales could disappoint.”

Move will launch in Europe on September 15, North America on September 19, and Japan on October 31.