PlayStation VR2 Has Strong Launch Despite Reports, Outselling Original PSVR
The PlayStation VR2 is off to a stronger start than previous reports indicated as Sony has revealed the virtual reality headset had a better launch than the original PSVR.
Shared in a business presentation, Sony revealed that the PSVR 2’s first six weeks outperformed the original PSVR’s first six weeks, coming in at just below 600,000 units sold. Specific numbers are unclear on the provided graph (below), but the original PSVR came in closer to 500,000.
Sony also described the period as a “strong PlayStation VR2 launch”, contradicting a report in March that said the headset was only expected to sell 270,000 units in roughly the same six week period. An industry analyst had said Sony would need to cut the PSVR 2’s price to avoid a “complete disaster”.
The headset launched on February 22 with 42 games, including headlining title Horizon: Call of the Mountain and a variety of virtual reality updates for critically acclaimed games like Gran Turismo 7 and Resident Evil Village.
Sony announced another handful of games at its first PlayStation State of Play of 2023, including sci-fi western The Foglands, mind-bending shooter Synapse, and more. A major PlayStation Showcase is taking place later today, however, promising even more AAA announcements for the headset.
In our 9/10 review, IGN said: “With top-notch visual quality and immersively tactile Sense controllers, PlayStation VR2 represents a quantum leap over its predecessor, setting a new standard for console VR gaming.”
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer and acting UK news editor. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.
The PlayStation VR2 has enjoyed a strong launch, despite reports to the contrary. Outselling the original PlayStation VR, the new system is proving to be a hit with gamers of all ages.
Designed to provide an immersive gaming experience, the PSVR2 takes the best of the original model and adds on a range of innovative features. One such feature is the new Innovative Cinema Mode that allows users to view movies, documentaries, and shows that have been optimized for virtual reality. This mode is sure to be a hit with movie fans and is set to offer an impressive cinematic experience.
The other major addition to the PSVR2 is the all-new haptic technology. This offers a level of tactile feedback that immerses players into the game, allowing them to feel the various effects of the environment around them. This improved immersion leads to a more realistic gaming experience, helping to make the experience more enjoyable and realistic.
The improved performance of the PSVR2 is also sure to be a hit with gamers. The improved visuals and quality of its images are sure to make it a favourite among gamers, as well as those who are new to VR gaming.
It would appear that the launch of the PSVR2 has been a success, despite the reports that suggested otherwise. Not only has the new system been able to outsell its predecessor, but it has also been met with a great deal of positive feedback from its users. It looks as though this could be the start of a new era in VR gaming and something that gamers will be talking about for years to come.
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