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Sony Pauses PS VR2 Production as Company Struggles to Sell Current Stock

Sony is struggling to sell its PS VR2 headset. The company, which has released only a handful of PlayStation VR2-exclusive games since the hardware’s launch in February 2023, has paused the production of new units to clear the current stock.

Sony had already slashed its PS VR2 sales forecast ahead of its launch last year. The company was originally going to produce 2 million units but cut that down to 1.5 million. Although the company denied the report, Bloomber says that the initial batch has struggled to move too.

Figures have shown that PS VR2 sales have declined each quarter since its release. The lack of content is to blame. While Sony launched Horizon Call of The Wild on the platform and patched a VR mode into Gran Turismo 7, the company has seemingly abandoned the hardware.

The headset launched at $549 and is currently retailing in South Africa for an eye-watering R13,999. The unit also suffered from a substantial price hike which temporarily put the device at R15,499. However, that has seemingly dropped. Likely due to the lack of interest.

Sony did announce last month that it was working on a way to enable support for PC games through PS VR2. This might help the company clear its excess stock. Keep in mind that the PC gaming market already has a number of VR units available. Some of which are of better quality including the Meta Quest 3. So it is unclear whether or not this will help with sales.

Sony also doesn’t seem to have any games in development for the hardware either. The company hasn’t announced any first-party titles. It only helped fund the development and publishing of Resident Evil 4 Remake VR and Synapse. The company also recently closed down its London Studios branch which previously worked on the original PS VR headset.

We will likely see the PS VR2 go on promotion in the coming weeks. Perhaps some Easter Sale discounts. Regardless of discounts, let’s hope Sony is actually working on software.

Source: Bloomberg

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