PlayStation VR found its large audience on the PlayStation 4. Sony sold over 4 million units and provided fans with a diverse library of games. The peripheral started up at the end of 2016 in the life of the console, but this did not prevent it from exceeding Sony’s expectations.
Speaking to CNET on the eve of the 2018 E3, the new PlayStation head Jim Ryan clearly demonstrated that the current PlayStation VR headset is selling better than Sony had expected. About 5 percent of PS4 owners also invested in a PlayStation VR. On paper, it sounds like a small number, but considering the number of PS4 systems in the “wild” —it comes close to the 100 million units sold — this is still a very impressive feat.
During the interview, Ryan states:
“The current generation of VR has exceeded our expectations. When you step back and look at it — and I like to look at it — one of the 20 people who found money to go out and buy a PlayStation 4, and all the games and peripherals that they liked also found money to buy later PlayStation VR and all the games and peripherals that go on top of this. And I like it. ”
Last August, Sony revealed that over 21 million games were sold to the PlayStation VR. This figure was announced when about 3 million headsets were sold, which means that players bought an average of more than 7 games per headset. Newer VR games, including the recent exclusive Blood & Truth, have only helped. Shooter was the first VR game to top the UK sales charts when it came out at the end of May.
Due to the success of the PlayStation VR, as well as Sony’s plans to make it work with the next-generation PlayStation, it is unlikely that support will be discontinued anytime soon. Unlike the ill-fated PlayStation Vita or PlayStation TV, Sony continues to see the PlayStation VR audience, but as an addition to traditional games, not a replacement for it.
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