PS VR2 Isn’t Even Out Yet And It’s Already Selling Poorly
There are reports that Sony is expecting a severe drop in sales for its upcoming PSVR 2 headset. This is supposedly due to poor pre-orders for the product. Sony is said to be cutting production for the device as a result.
It’s not surprising that Sony’s sales expectations for the PSVR 2 are low. The original PSVR was a commercial flop, selling only 2.6 million units worldwide. That’s a far cry from the 10 million units that Sony had initially hoped to sell.
There are several reasons why the PSVR 2 is likely to fare worse than the original. First, the market for virtual reality headsets has cooled off considerably since 2016. The novelty of VR has worn off, and there are now cheaper and more capable alternatives available.
Second, the PSVR 2 is a much more expensive headset than the original. It’s priced at $399, which is $100 more than the original PSVR. That’s a lot of money to ask for a product that isn’t even that much improved over the original.
Third, the PSVR 2 requires a PlayStation 5 to function. That’s a big hurdle for potential customers, as the PS5 is still quite difficult to find.
It’s looking like Sony’s decision to cut production for the PSVR 2 is the right one. The headset is simply too expensive and too underwhelming to justify its high price tag. Unless Sony can make some major improvements, the PSVR 2 is likely to be a commercial failure.