It is a bold prediction from Sony because it’s not easy to spend €600 (or $550) on a virtual reality headset that isn’t standalone (Sony could learn from the example of Meta Quest…).
The PlayStation VR2 has been out for two weeks. In Europe, Sony is asking 600 euros for it. After the price hike, you also need a PlayStation 5, which costs an additional €550 for the Blu-ray drive, so it’s not cheap to experience Sony’s next-generation VR. And despite all of it, at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom conference (which we mentioned in the news today in another thread), Hiroki Totoki, Sony’s CFO, still made a pretty bold statement.
” We are delighted to launch the PlayStation VR2 on the PlayStation PS5. The PlayStation VR sold over five million units, and I think we have a good chance to exceed that amount with the PlayStation VR2,” Totoki said, referring to the VR market projections. According to him, this market could see massive growth in the media and entertainment sector in the first half of the 2020s. If it proves accurate, there is good potential for the VR and AR (augmented reality) market to grow with the technology.
That sounds interesting. At the end of January, Bloomberg reported indications to the contrary. At the time, the site reported (and so did we) that Sony had halved its predictions for PlayStation VR2 after seeing pre-order numbers. It said that the 2 million units previously forecast for this quarter (by the end of March) had been halved, and Sony responded that there was no such thing. In addition, Totoki will take up the position of president and chief operating officer within Sony, in addition to his role as a chief financial officer, from April 1, replacing Kenichiro Yoshida, who will remain as group chairman and CEO.
Who is telling the truth…?