The PlayStation VR has proven to be a huge success for Sony, with the company selling over 700,000 units by the end of 2016 and reaching over a million during the 1st quarter of 2017. Now we also know just how well the PSVR has been doing this year so far, as a new report by market research firm SuperData has revealed that 375,000 PSVR units were sold during the Q1 2017.
While the number of PSVR units sold during the first quarter of 2017 are a far cry from the sales numbers from the last quarter of 2016 when the VR headset launched, they’re still incredibly impressive and is significantly more than its competitors in other platforms, namely the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
SuperData also expects the PSVR to do well this year, saying that it’s on track to sell over 2.6 million units in 2017 in spite Sony not actively promoting the headset and slightly steering away from it being just a games platform.
SuperData’s Head of VR/AR Stephanie Llamas told GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony has been more vocal about the PSVR being about VR, not games. They are working with companies for commercial applications, even though it is not the obvious first choice. But even the PlayStation is part of a larger effort to bring an entertainment ecosystem into the home – not just gaming experiences. They are going to the same route with the PSVR.
Those who bought the PSVR for games don’t have to worry though as Sony still has quite the number of games for the PSVR coming out this year including Farpoint and Star Trek: Bridge Crew, both of which are coming out this month. Watch out for our review for both soon.