It’s been a complete yr since Sony introduced the PlayStation VR to market, and the corporate are seeking to have fun the headset over on the EU and US PlayStation Blog, however a worrying statistic for the platform is that Shawn Layden can nonetheless solely tout a “one million gamers and counting” statistic in relation to the headset’s gross sales, which tells us that gross sales of the headset have stalled considerably since the beginning of the yr.
Had the headset handed 2 million and even offered 1.5 million to players, you may wager that Sony would have touted that as an alternative of the vagueness of Layden’s phrases, however it’s telling that the final official phrase from Sony on the matter was that they’d sold “over 1 million” back in June. This was regardless of a optimistic begin that noticed them attain 915,000 by the end of Febraury, which on the time led to Andrew Home say that they had been forward of their projections of 1 million by mid-April.
It’s because of this that Layden’s tone is one in every of optimism for the longer term. He states that greater than 60 video games are deliberate for launch by means of the top of 2017 and early 2018, pointing to Skyrim VR, Bravo Workforce, The Inpatient, Moss, Starchild and Rec Room. “The best is yet to come” he states, however the lack of a brand new milestone does make me cautious.
Sony’s headset made digital actuality way more accessible in comparison with the then prohibitively costly Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and we must always have fun that, however Sony must inject a brand new impetus into the headsets gross sales. A not too long ago introduced revision is on the way in which within the close to future, and there was a price cut to the bundle pricing a couple months ago, however is there one thing extra that Sony may very well be doing?
For the sake of the platform and for digital actuality as a complete, let’s hope gross sales decide up once more over the following few months and the “holiday” promoting interval.