Given the PlayStation 4’s installed base of approximately 40.7 million and the minimal amount of people who own high-end PCs capable of powering the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, it makes sense that recent estimates indicate Sony’s upcoming PlayStation VR will ship approximately nine million units by the end of 2016.
This data is cited from Taipei-based Topology Research Institute and was originally reported by Chinese-language publication Liberty Times. It’s important to note, however, that there is a difference between products sold and products shipped.
Rival platforms such as the HTC Vive will ship 700,000 units and the Oculus Rift will sell approximately 2.3 million, according to the report, which doesn’t indicate exactly how it gathered its data.
“Global shipments of VR HMD devices (excluding mobile VR devices) are expected to grow by a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 53.5 percent to reach 50 million units in 2020, up from nine million shipped in 2016,” says the report.
PlayStation VR is set to release in Canada on October 13th for $549 for just the headset, cables, stereo headphones and a demo disc. A package priced at $699 includes the VR headset, cables, stereo headphones, a demo disc, but also the PlayStation Camera and two PlayStation Move controllers.
Over 50 games are expected to be available when PlayStation VR launches in Canada.