In four months, Sony has sold nearly 1mn VR headsets

By : |February 28, 2017 0

Underlining the growing demand for VR gaming hardware in the market, Sony has revealed official sales numbers for PSVR, and let us tell it’s high.

In an interview with the New York Times, President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment Andrew House revealed that just four months after its official launch, 915,000 units has already been sold by the company.

With such sales number, House was surprised, if not others, as he was pushing for Sony to manufacture fewer units before launch. “It’s the classic case in any organisation — the guys who are on the front end in sales are getting very excited, very hyped up,” said House. “You have to temper that with other voices inside the company, myself among them, saying let’s just be a little bit careful.”

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Sony’s primary competitors, Oculus and HTC Vive, have not disclosed sales of their premium headsets. According to SuperData Research, a research firm, there were 243,000 Oculus Rift headsets and 420,000 HTC Vive headsets sold by the end of last year, even though their devices were released si-seven months prior Sony’s PSVR.

The company’s initial goal was to sell one million PSVR’s by April, now the company has only 85 thousand headsets to go and almost 2 months left.

Now the company is also working on renewing stock as quickly as possible, as, many consumers have been facing difficulty in buying Sony’s virtual reality headset. “You literally have people lining up outside stores when they know a stock is being replenished,” said House.

Compared to Oculus or Vive, which costs $599 and $799 respectively, Sony’s PlayStation VR costs only $499. Apart from the major difference in amount, the play station VR also saves players from the pain of having to purchase a high-end gaming PC.

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