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Report: Sony Cuts PS VR2 Forecast in Half for This Quarter From 2 Million to 1 Million

Report: Sony Cuts PS VR2 Forecast in Half for This Quarter From 2 Million to 1 Million - News

by William 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.

Report: Sony Cuts PS VR2 Forecast in Half for This Quarter

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.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Blood_Tears (on 31 January 2023)

Sony has just denied this report publicly. Bloomberg is wrong again.

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VAMatt Blood_Tears (on 31 January 2023)

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.

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CosmicSex VAMatt (on 31 January 2023)

Bloomberg is not what I would call a reliable source lest we forget...

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VAMatt CosmicSex (on 31 January 2023)

They are as reliable as any mainstream media outlet. But, yeah, that's not a very high bar.

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twintail (on 31 January 2023)

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.

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Pajderman (on 31 January 2023)

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.

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VAMatt Pajderman (on 31 January 2023)

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.

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Vengeance1138 (on 31 January 2023)
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zero129 (on 31 January 2023)

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.

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pitzy272 zero129 (on 31 January 2023)

Yeah, the lack of PC support is truly baffling and, imo, idiotic. I can’t think of a single reason why they wouldn’t offer PC support. They don’t need anything selling consoles, but even if they did, PSVR2 would not be the answer for that.

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DonFerrari (on 31 January 2023)

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.

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VAMatt DonFerrari (on 31 January 2023)

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.

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Vendrom VAMatt (on 31 January 2023)

They did on

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VAMatt Vendrom (on 31 January 2023)

What happened on

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VAMatt VAMatt (on 31 January 2023)

Never mind, I see it. So they did refute the claim.

Well, that's interesting. Reporting from Bloomberg is typically very reliable. I guess we'll see where things stand in a couple months.

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DonFerrari VAMatt (on 31 January 2023)

Not correcting a rumor doesn't make it true.

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Leynos (on 30 January 2023)

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.

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gtotheunit91 (on 30 January 2023)

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.

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Slownenberg gtotheunit91 (on 30 January 2023)

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.

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shikamaru317 gtotheunit91 (on 31 January 2023)

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.

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VAMatt shikamaru317 (on 31 January 2023)

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.

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kazuyamishima (on 30 January 2023)

Does anyone still believe in Bloomberg?

They've been wrong so many times in the past.

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VAMatt kazuyamishima (on 31 January 2023)

They're a top tier business news organization. They definitely are wrong sometimes, like anyone else. But, they don't have a bad reputation.

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Kakadu18 VAMatt (on 31 January 2023)

Takashi Mochizuki, the author of this article is wrong very often.

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DonFerrari VAMatt (on 01 February 2023)

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.

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