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News PlayStation VR Sales "On Track," Sony Says

News Bot Nov 1, 2016

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    Sales of Sony's newly launched PlayStation VR headset are "on track," chief financial offer Kenichiro Yoshida said today during the company's earnings briefing.

    The reporting period for this latest quarter ended on September 30, which might explain why the company only offered that high level description instead of a firm figure. It doesn't appear that Sony has modeled a sales forecast for PlayStation VR. In fact, PlayStation boss Shuhei Yoshida said in September, "To be honest, we don't know what demand will be."

    PlayStation executive Jim Ryan said in October that PlayStation VR is expected to sell "hundreds of thousands" of units at launch. According to research group Superdata, PlayStation VR sales could reach 2.6 million units by the end of the year.

    The headset costs $400 on its own and also requires a PlayStation 4 and a PlayStation camera. A $500 PlayStation VR Launch Bundle comes with the headset, a camera, and two Move controllers, as well as the five-game PlayStation VR Worlds collection. All versions of PlayStation VR include a demo disc containing trials for 18 games, including Resident Evil 7.

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    GameSpot's Jimmy Thang reviewed PlayStation VR, saying it's not a must-buy at the moment.

    "As a VR fan, I want PSVR to succeed, but it trips up too many times to wholeheartedly recommend at this point," he wrote. "Many of the launch titles will make a large percentage of people sick, and it may lead to the false impression that VR has to make you nauseated. If you have a PS4 and are dying to get PSVR, then I'd recommend the $499.99 bundle which includes the PlayStation Camera, two Move controllers, and PlayStation VR Worlds.

    "If you have a PS4 and are simply curious about VR, I'd hold out until more titles are released. While there are a handful of fun titles, there's nothing that I've played at launch so far to indicate to me that the PSVR is a must-buy right now. For everyone else, I'd recommend saving up for a better reality."

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