PlayStation VR has sold over 1 million units – but Sony thinks this is just the beginning
The PSVR has become the best-selling VR headset, and for good reason: It’s affordable, has a big library of AAA VR games available, and works with the most popular gaming console in the world. Sony recently announced that they’ve passed the 1 million units sold milestone, but in an interview with Business Insider, Jim Ryan – PlayStation’s global sales head – highlights that this figure is a far cry from what Sony would describe as mass adoption. Instead, he simply calls it “a good start”.
Considering there are 60 million PlayStation 4 consoles out there, he’s not wrong. With new VR-exclusive games being released on the PS4 each month – including huge hits like Star Trek: Bridge Crew and Farpoint – the attractiveness of owning a PSVR is on rise, but still less than 2% of the PlayStation userbase actually have one. Once this number climbs as high as even just 5% or 10%, we’re going to start seeing a real critical mass, at which point it’s a safe bet that the large-scale adoption of VR will be soon to follow.
Oculus and HTC aren’t yet boasting these kind of sales figures, but this comes as no surprise as their headsets not only cost more up-front, but require a much more expensive system to run properly. As prices go down, we hope to see the popularity of the PSVR start to influence VR across the board. With the more affordable Windows VR headsets looking to release later this year, things really look to kick into gear for the industry as a whole.