Atsushi Morita, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment Asia, announced that the PlayStation VR (PS VR), the company’s virtual reality headset, has sold more than one million units. According to Morita, PS VR has so far exceeded the company’s expectations.
The PlayStation VR works with the more than 50 million PlayStation 4 consoles out in the wild. At $549.99 CAD, the PS VR is more affordable than the $679.99 Oculus Rift — $819.98 with Touch VR controllers — or the $1,149.99 HTC Vive.
While PS VR has outsold both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, it still lags behind Samsung’s Gear VR, which so far has shipped nearly 5 million units.
Although one million units might seem like an impressive feat, Shawn Layden, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment America, thinks otherwise. “It’s still just a million units,” he mentioned in an interview with The Verge. Layden believes the PS VR will do better this year as the company will have a greater ability to meet demand.
While Sony sells smartphones, televisions and gaming consoles, Kazuo Hirai, the president of the Japanese gaming and entertainment company, says Sony’s focus has shifted towards VR.
“Once we’re able to establish VR as a great entertainment platform, first with game content, then the potential for other non-game content is obviously there. The fact that for ours, all you need is the PS4 and the PlayStation VR is a massive advantage for us, because we already have such a big install base,” said Hirai in an interview with the Financial Review.
One example of this “non-game content” is a PlayStation VR experience based on Breaking Bad that Sony announced earlier this week. Not much is known about the project, although Sony did confirm that Vince Gilligan, creator of the hit TV series, is heavily involved.
Source: The Verge