The virtual reality wars have begun in full with the first shipments of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets. Sony's PlayStation VR headset for PlayStation 4 won't be releasing until October, but Sony is already seeing solid demand for the product. PlayStation VR bundle pre-orders sold out last week on Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, and Target. Sony also opened pre-orders on the core unit today, for players who already have a PlayStation Camera and Move controllers.
While launching PlayStation VR on PlayStation 4 is the first step, the company is open to bringing the device to PC in the future.
"Since the PS4's internal parts are similar to those of a PC, this is a possibility," Sony Computer Entertainment executive vice president Masayasu Ito told Nikkei. "Right now we're focused on games, so we're not at the point of announcing anything, but there's a possibility to expand into various fields."
Ito stresses that such a possibility wouldn't happen right away, as Sony still needs to make the device a success on PlayStation 4 first. He also points out the the reason the PlayStation 4 missed its original first half 2016 launch window is because Sony is currently manufacturing stock to meet demand. On the bright side, this also gives developers a chance to work on more robust PlayStation VR software in the meantime.
Nikkei cites an anonymous sources that Sony is planning to ship between 1-2 million PlayStation VR headsets by the end of this year. Assuming all those headsets sell out and Sony reaches its estimated sales benchmark of 40 million for the PlayStation 4, that means the virtual reality device would have a 5 percent attach rate.