Sony’s PlayStation VR headset has passed a fresh milestone, they announced at CES 2020, with the virtual reality add on for the PlayStation 4 now having sold over 5 million units since its launch in late 2016. The PS4, meanwhile, has kept forging ahead to hit 106 million sales.
The PSVR sales update is the first we’ve had since the start of last year, and passing the 5 million mark is great news that shows that there is still a significant, if niche audience for VR. However, iet does also demonstrate that PSVR sales have plateaued and started to tail off.
The last we heard, the console had shifted 4.2 million units by March 2019, having sold 1.2 million through the Black Friday and Christmas period since August 2018. With a longer period of time that includes another Black Friday and Christmas selling period, it could only muster a further 800,000. This is now the slowest rate at which the headset has sold since it was launched.
That’s despite a strong year for PSVR in general. Sony supported it quite well through 2019 with first party games like Everybody’s Golf VR and Blood & Truth joined by third party games Golem and Deemo Reborn, not to mention No Man’s Sky getting a full VR mode. However, you could easily argue that there’s wasn’t anything on the level of Resident Evil 7 or a big price drop to help spur on sales.
It’s likely the future that has also had an impact. There’s big ticket games like Iron Man VR and post-launch support planned for Dreams, but eyes are looking to the future and PlayStation 5. Though that console will have compatibility to PSVR, there are also consistent rumours about PSVR 2, so it could be that gamers are already saving up their pennies for the next generation.
Speaking of PlayStation 5, Sony teased fans with another tiny little tidbit about the game, revealing the console’s surprising, shocking new logo.