Sony’s original PlayStation VR headset launched in October 2016 and by the end of 2019, the device sold 5 million units. However, the company is confident that its successor, the PlayStation VR2 will perform even better than the first release.
Despite the pricier entry tag into PS VR2, Sony says that the hardware has a good chance of it overtaking the lifetime sales of the original unit. During a fireside chat at the Morgan Stanley Technology Media and Telecom conference on Monday, Sony executive deputy president and chief financial officer Hiroki Totoki was asked about the launch reception for the PS VR2 and what his expectations were for the unit.
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Totoki discussed the hardware saying that virtual reality is one of the largest growth areas in the media and entertainment industry and Sony’s approach to the technology enables this to grow. He says that there’s “good potential” for the VR/AR market and even better potential for technology development in the field.
“We are very happy to launch VR2 on PS5. VR1, we sold over five million units, and I think we have a good chance to exceed that amount with PlayStation VR2.”
In January, reports claimed that Sony slashed its forecast for the PS VR2 in half following disappointing pre-order numbers. The report claimed that sony reduced the production units of the PS VR2 down to one million from two million for the first quarter of 2022. However, the company denied these reports.
The PS VR2 then launched in February with a massive lineup of games and a promising future. I recently covered 12 launch games which you shouldn’t sleep on. Check them out here.