Sony halves reported gross sales expectations for coming PSVR2 headset

Say so long to the original PSVR's glowing blue lights.
Enlarge / Say so lengthy to the unique PSVR’s glowing blue lights.

Sony is drastically scaling again its gross sales expectations for subsequent month’s launch of the PlayStation VR2 headset, in accordance with a Bloomberg report citing “individuals accustomed to [Sony’s] deliberations.”

The PlayStation 5 maker now expects to promote only one million PSVR2 items by the tip of March, down from gross sales expectations of two million items in that interval, as reported last October. Sony expects to promote about 1.5 million extra headsets within the following fiscal 12 months, which ends in March 2024, in accordance with the report.

The scaled-back gross sales expectations would put the PSVR2 barely forward of the tempo set by the unique PSVR headset, which bought just under a million units in its first four months and 2 million units in just over a year. However that type of gross sales tempo appears much less spectacular in the present day, when a headset just like the Meta Quest 2 can promote a reported 2.8 million items in its first quarter, on its strategy to complete gross sales of over 15 million, in accordance with market evaluation agency IDC.

The Quest 2 has a couple of key benefits within the competitors with Sony’s upcoming headset, together with an asking worth that is $150 much less, even after a current worth hike. The self-contained Quest 2 additionally does not have to be tethered to any exterior {hardware}, contrasting with the PSVR2’s reliance on a hookup to a $499 PlayStation 5.

Regardless of the Quest 2’s success at its comparatively low worth level, although, the VR trade at massive appears to be shifting towards the upper finish of the pricing spectrum nowadays. Meta’s Quest Professional launched final October at a bafflingly excessive $1,499, although a one-week sale has slashed that price by $400 for the second. And subsequent month’s standalone Vive XR Elite will come in at a price of $1,099.

The primary PSVR headset ultimately sold at least 5 million units to a base of 106 million PS4 homeowners as of the tip of 2019. If the PSVR2 sells at that very same charge, that will symbolize simply 1.4 million gross sales to the present crop of about 30 million PS5 homeowners (although each gross sales figures will presumably proceed to extend with time, particularly now that the PS5 ought to be simpler to seek out on retailer cabinets).
Add in a launch lineup that features quite a lot of warmed-over VR titles ported from different platforms, and the PSVR2 appears poised to as soon as once more be extra just like the area of interest Sega CD than a powerful and self-sufficient platform of its personal. Or, as Macquarie Capital analyst Damian Thong put it to Bloomberg, “The PSVR2 will likely be not more than an costly accent for the PS5.”