PlayStation VR2 has had a stronger start than previous reports indicated, with Sony revealing that its VR headsets had a better launch than the original PSVR.
Sony revealed in Business presentation PSVR 2’s first six weeks of release outperformed the original PSVR’s, selling just under 600,000 units. The exact numbers weren’t revealed in the chart provided (below), but original PSVR sales are close to 500,000.
Sony also called the period a “strong launch for PlayStation VR2,” which contradicts a report in March that the glasses were expected to sell just 270,000 units in roughly the same six-week period. An industry analyst said Sony would need to lower the price of the PSVR 2 to avoid a “total disaster”.
The virtual reality glasses were released on February 22 with 42 games, most notably Horizon: Call of the Mountain and a variety of virtual reality updates for popular games such as Gran Turismo 7 and Resident Evil Village.
Sony also announced a host of other games at the first PlayStation State of Play of 2023, including sci-fi western The Foglands, shooter Synapse, and more. There will also be a major PlayStation event later today, which promises more announcements about AAA games for VR headsets.
In IGN Middle East’s review of the virtual reality headset, which we gave it a rating of 8.5 out of 10, we said: “In terms of technological innovation, the PSVR2 is a powerful device packed with real next-gen features. But it requires real support in terms of future gaming to justify its high price.”