PlayStation VR Sells Nearly a Million Units Across Four Months

PlayStation VR Sells Nearly a Million Units Across Four Months

The PlayStation VR headset is selling like mad thanks to its decent price-point and Resident Evil VII.

It's probably a bit too early to declare a winner for the Great VR Race of 2016, but if you're the betting sort, you might want to lay down a few bucks on the PlayStation VR. It's sold nearly a million units since its launch in October 2016, and demand is still outstripping supply.

Editor's pick

Is Your Room Big Enough for PlayStation VR?

Andrew House, the global chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment, revealed last Friday that over 915,000 PlayStation VR headsets had been sold by February 19. Sony aimed to sell a million headsets within the first six months of the device's life, and it shouldn't have a hard time hitting that goal.

People just love getting up close and personal with the Bakers.

The headset is especially popular in Japan, where Sony's straining to keep up with demand. "You literally have people lining up outside stores when they know stock is being replenished," House says.

Facebook's Oculus and Valve's HTC Vive are Sony's direct competition in the VR market, but neither has officially released sales numbers for its own devices. Several 2016 round-up reports peg Oculus sales around 355k units and Vive sales around 420k units. Keep in mind those are numbers for 2016 alone – but since PlayStation VR reportedly sold around 745k units by the end of the year, we can assume Sony's headset has been "the winner" for quite some time now.

The PlayStation VR's affordable price point is probably one reason why it's triumphing over Oculus and Vive. Not that it's cheap, but $400 USD ($500 if you want the bundle that comes with Move controllers and the PlayStation camera) is do-able next to Oculus ($600 USD) and Vive ($799 USD).

Resident Evil VII also helped push PlayStation VR in a big way. Capcom's acclaimed survival horror game is on PC and Xbox One as well as PlayStation, but its VR capabilities are exclusive to PlayStation 4 for now. According to House, since Resident Evil VII was released, the amount of time users spend with their PlayStation VR headset has doubled.

Whichever headset you prefer, may you enjoy it with a calm stomach.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

Read this next

Capcom Explains Why A Certain Resident Evil 7 Character Looks The Way He Does

The publisher shoots down a popular fan theory in a blog post.

Resident Evil 7's Teaser Shows Promise, But Leaves Some Lingering Questions

Capcom's reboot brings their horror series in an entirely new direction, but can it sustain first-person tension for more than 20 minutes?

Microsoft Sees Decreased Hardware Sales as This Console Generation Comes to a Close

As we near the end of a console generation, Microsoft is touting success on the services side.

Fallout 76 Just Threw Out Months of Goodwill in a Single Day

With the announcement of a subscription service, Fallout 76 tosses a fire bomb at its community.

How to Play The Outer Worlds For $5, And Get a Chalupa in the Process

For the price of a chalupa combo (yes, really), you can get some time with Xbox Game Pass.

More News

Microsoft Sees Decreased Hardware Sales as This Console Generation Comes to a Close

As we near the end of a console generation, Microsoft is touting success on the services side.

How to Play The Outer Worlds For $5, And Get a Chalupa in the Process

For the price of a chalupa combo (yes, really), you can get some time with Xbox Game Pass.

WWE 2K20: How It Went So Wrong

A longtime developer's departure might have been the writing on the wall.

More on PlayStation 4

Fallout 76 Just Threw Out Months of Goodwill in a Single Day

With the announcement of a subscription service, Fallout 76 tosses a fire bomb at its community.

WWE 2K20: How It Went So Wrong

A longtime developer's departure might have been the writing on the wall.

How a New California Law Could Pave the Return of EA's NCAA Football Games

EA CEO Andrew Wilson says he'd "jump for the opportunity" to license with the NCAA again.

MediEvil Review: Sometimes Dead is Better

MediEvil is revived for our modern era, but we question if it should've been.

The Final Fantasy 15 Novel Collecting Canceled DLC Has Been Delayed for English Readers

The break of dawn has been pushed back a bit for English audiences.

Battlefield 5's War in the Pacific Update Is Bringing Back the Series' Best Map

It's been a long, long time since Battlefield has revisited Wake Island.