It’s only been a few days since Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) launched the first console-based head-mounted display (HMD) PlayStation VR, with everything going well. Now SuperData Research, one of the main companies providing market intelligence on playable media and digital games has reaffirmed its previous forecasts that PlayStation VR will sell 2,602,370 units by the end of 2016.
Way back in March the company predicted the headset would sell 2.6 million and this was before pre-orders had even launched.
Now its come back with a far more precise figure based on several of the following factors:
- The PlayStation VR’s biggest benefit is the approximate 44 million install base of PlayStation 4, and its easy plug-n-play setup.
- The Xbox Kinect, which really only had mini-games for it sold 8 million units in 60 days.
- Sony is well versed at product launches, with it scheduling around 500,000 demos to help sell pre-orders of the device.
- There’s some big name titles at launch or coming in the launch window, such as Batman Arkham VR, Resident Evil 7 biohazard, and Final Fantasy XIV.
- Limiting factors are that Sony has previously had issues with manufacturing a new device early in its lifecycle, and with PlayStation 4 Pro coming out next month maybe waiting to purchase that console first before an add-on.
It’s early days for PlayStation VR so this figure is only an estimation. But as SIE does release sales figures for promotional purposes we’ll likely hear a more concrete figure towards the end of the year.
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