Report: Sony Cuts PS VR2 Forecast in Half for This Quarter From 2 Million to 1 Million - NewsWilliam D'Angelo , posted on 01 February 2023 / 3,174 Views
There was a report in October 2022 that Sony Interactive Entertainment was looking to ship two million PlayStation VR2 units by March 2023. This would put it well ahead of the original PlayStation VR, which took eight months to sell one million units.
Bloomberg is now reporting Sony has reduced its forecast following lower than expected pre-orders. The report claims Sony will now ship about one million units by the end of March, down from two million. This is according to people familiar with Sony's deliberations.
The sources also claim Sony is looking to ship about 1.5 million PlayStation VR2 units between April 2023 and March 2024. However, this could change depending on demand.
Sony Interactive Entertainment is set to launch the PlayStation VR2 on February 22 for $549.99 / €599.99 / £529.99 / 74,980 yen. There will be more than 30 games released on it through March.
Despite the relatively strong lineup that includes Horizon Call of the Mountain it appears demand isn't has high as Sony had expected. The price could be a reason for this.
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Sony has just denied this report publicly. Bloomberg is wrong again.
It isn't quite that black and white. But, yeah, since they are publicly refuting this, there definitely is a much greater chance that the rumor is BS.
I don't recall where Sony themselves ever said 2 millions units to begin with.
At the end of the day, PSVR2 was always going to be a hard sell from the get go because of the investment needed. It doesn't need to sprint out of the blocks: it just needs to be viable for the rest of the gen and it'll be fine.
The tech is impressive and I want one. But since I play less and less it is difficult for me to accept that high price point.
That's exactly where I am. I would like to have one. But I just don't have the time for gaming that it takes to justify owning a PS5, a Series X, and a PSVR2. To be frank, it's hard for me to even justify owning both of the consoles. I certainly can't drop another $600 on a peripheral.
Article proven to be 100% FALSE, Misinformation.
Honestly they should give official support for this headset on PC also. The Quest 2 and 3 when it releases can both be used on its own and still link up to PC making it a very enticing offer for PC gamers and Non PC gamers a like. If Sony offered official support for this headset on both PC and PS5 id imagine it would make the price more easy to swallow for people who own both a PC and PS5.
Take it with a huge mountain of salt, no official info on what was whatever initial forecast and what is the new one. Plus if Sony can sell in 2 months what they previously took 8 months that isn't terrible at all.
No. While technically a rumor, this one is for sure correct. It's being widely broadcast in the business news media, and Sony is not correcting anybody.
Well let's see. $500 console. $600 add on. Sounds similar to $180 Genesis with a $300 add on SEGA CD. Min wage these days has yet to adjust for cost of living. PS5's are still not the easiest console to buy tho it's getting better. No BC with older games. Yeah no shit Sony.
Oh damn! I know the price is a big factor, but I honestly was expecting for PSVR2 to surpass sales expectations. At this point, VR may never leave its niche market.
Are people expecting it to leave its niche market?? I'm certainly not. Not at least until the tech advances enough so that its basically a thin visor not much larger than normal glasses. And that's probably a good ways away.
Didn't Quest 2 ship 10m in the first year, from Holiday 2020 through Holiday 2021? That is more than PSVR1 sold lifetime, just in 1 year. I'd say the Quest line is the best chance of VR becoming more than niche, fully autonomous headsets that don't need a PC or console tethered to them is where the future of VR is at. Quest 3 is already in development, expected to release later this year, and expected to go from 1.1 tflop on Quest 2 up to probably around 2.5-3 tflops. Zuckerberg said Quest 3 would cost somewhere between $300-500, with current estimates putting it at $450, so still less than half of the $550 headset + $500 PS5 you need to pay to use PSVR2. Yeah you get 10 tflop on PSVR2 +PS5, but you'll pay more than twice as much for it as you will pay for Quest 3.
There's also the Pico line that, with their current model, sits above Quest 2 in specs, and is a standalone unit at a similar price point. It isn't available (officially) in the US though, which will likely prevent it from having a shot at reaching Quest numbers. I understand that Pico has not been super happy with sales numbers for the latest version of their hardware.
Does anyone still believe in Bloomberg?
They've been wrong so many times in the past.
They're a top tier business news organization. They definitely are wrong sometimes, like anyone else. But, they don't have a bad reputation.
If you are truly reporting news backed with proof you likely won't be wrong at all, but when you report hearsay from "anonymous sources" yes we can say they may even be putting speculation as news.