Research firm Superdata has published a report about the various virtual reality headsets coming to the market and has found that more Americans know about PlayStation VR than other rival products. They also predict the Sony device will claim the market share, taking almost two thirds of sales.
PSVR will be this year’s winner when it comes to high-end devices, taking on 69% of PC and console’s combined shipment totals this year.
Superdata found that six million Americans planned to buy PSVR, with five million opting for Oculus Rift, although at the current production rate there is no way Oculus can fulfil that many orders which may cause consumers to opt for another product. The HTC Vive trails far behind with an estimated two million sales.
Obviously we can take these predictions with a pinch of salt but Sony would be over the moon with six million sales in America alone, add in a couple million more for Europe and Japan and that would make this the biggest platform launch in Sony’s console history. The PS4, which is the current record holder, managed 4.2 million sales by the end of 2013, which would be a roughly comparable time period.
However, over half of those surveyed, a whopping 52%, said they are uninterested in purchasing a device or do not know what VR is, and 26% said the cost was too high.