When speaking with the New York Times, the global executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment Andrew House has revealed that as of Feb. 19, the PSVR has sold approximately 915,000 units. This number has been achieved in roughly 4 months of being available to the public. Considering Sony’s target was 1 million total sales after 6 months, and the fact that the PSVR is a premium peripheral, it seems the projections on the initial success of this product were rather reserved. The demand for the PSVR seems to have also been underestimated. Andrew House states: “You literally have people lining up outside stores when they know stock is being replenished.”
One major contributor to the continued popularity of the PSVR is Resident Evil 7, which is entirely playable in virtual reality. The total time owners of PSVRs spent using the device doubled after it’s release. While these stats are good indicators of the peripheral’s early performance, more data is required to assess whether the it will continue to succeed. The Kinect for the Xbox 360 sold 2.5 million units in it’s first 25 days of sale, but is now seen by many as a redundant device. Perhaps curiosity is at the moment the PSVR’s greatest selling point, and only time will show if virtual reality gaming peripherals are here to stay.
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