PlayStation VR sells more than 900,000 units in four months

Sony fast approaching its internal goal of one million in six months.

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PlayStation VR has apparently turned out to be more popular than Sony had hoped, as the company has revealed it has sold more than 915,000 units in four months as of February 19. The goal was to hit the one million mark by mid-April.

Sony VP and global head of PR Andrew House said the internal estimates were meant to be conservative. “It’s the classic case in any organization — the guys who are on the front end in sales are getting very excited, very hyped up,” Mr. House said in an interview with The New York Times “You have to temper that with other voices inside the company, myself among them, saying let’s just be a little bit careful.”

House said the popularity has been a pleasant surprise for Sony. “You literally have people lining up outside stores when they know stock is being replenished,” he said, talking about a scene he saw in Japan. Supply is expected to increase in April.

The virtual reality headset and controllers, which launched on October 13, retails for $399, much cheaper than its competition. Oculus sells its unit for $599, while HTC Vive runs $799, and need a high end PC to run. Both have not disclosed unit sales, but research firm SuperData Research estimates 243,000 Rift and 420,000 HTC Vive headsets sold by the end of 2016.

HTC even congratulated Sony on its achievement. “I think it’s a very healthy sign,” Alvin Graylin, President of Vive in China told UploadVR. “I mean at the end of the day, the more VR experiences out there, the more users that are using VR the faster this industry is going to grow. So we’re really happy for Sony, we think they’ve done a really good job.”

Graylin said that the market is slightly different between the two headsets, given one is for PlayStation 4 and the other for PC. The company has no intension of trying to poach users from Sony because it has “a different class of users” and is not HTC's “target audience.”

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    February 27, 2017 6:45 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, PlayStation VR sells more than 900,000 units in four months

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      February 27, 2017 7:21 AM

      Yay I'm glad. I want one too.

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      February 27, 2017 7:32 AM

      That sounds like not-very-good numbers. I want one, if I could find one in stock.

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        February 27, 2017 7:51 AM

        It's the best (most likely, not 100% sure about the Vive) selling of all the headsets. They're a premium entertainment product requiring you to already have another premium entertainment product, sales are going to be lower than a console by itself.

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        February 27, 2017 8:12 AM

        They pushed almost one million completely optional peripherals at $400 a pop in 120 days, and that sounds like not-very-good numbers? Those sounds like fantastic numbers to me.

        Too bad VR died back in March 2016. It's a shame, really.

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        February 27, 2017 9:19 AM

        It actually beat their internal expectations which is a good thing.

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        February 27, 2017 11:33 AM

        Mid-generation peripherals are tough sells. Once the software is there and it is proven its more than a gimmick it will gain an install base.

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      February 27, 2017 7:37 AM

      Wow I'm shocked. Good for them. I was in Target and they had a bunch of the shelf. I assumed it flopped.

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      February 27, 2017 9:15 AM

      That's really really good compared to Vive and Rift, I mean we expected that, but the numbers still surprise me

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        February 27, 2017 11:38 AM

        Even the Vive sounds like it's doing ok considering the market it's aiming for and how expensive it is. Oculus seems like the only one having trouble.

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      February 27, 2017 9:51 AM

      I hope they enable more non-game things to do with the PS VR. Like Google Earth.