During the last CES in Las Vegas, Kaz Hirai, CEO of Sony, spoke about PlayStation VR and its sales, stating that they were fully satisfactory for the firm. However, no further details had been provided until today.
Indeed, during a recent interview, Andrew Houseglobal chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment, spoke about the headset and even revealed the number of copies sold to consumers. But before that, he said that before the launch, he had doubts about whether this technology would catch on. So, he was one of the people who advised making less, out of caution.
It’s a classic case in any organization, those at the sales level get carried away a lot. You have to temper that with other voices within the company, including mine, saying “let’s just be a little more careful.”
Andrew House may have been too much since PlayStation VR has sold 915,000 units since its release through February 19, 2017, only four months after its launch on the market. He went further by revealing that the initial objective was to sell 1 million helmets during the first six months, by the end of April. The contract is therefore more than fulfilled, especially when we know the supply problems which have lasted for several weeks. In this regard, he confirmed that the situation should improve in April, and that he hoped to be able to distribute the accessory in Latin America by the fall.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to compare this success to the two other competitors, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but a research institute has drawn up an estimate. According to SuperData, the Oculus Rift would be at 243,000 and the HTC Vive at 420,000 at the end of 2016. The volume of PlayStation VR would therefore be enormous if this were to be confirmed.
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