Sales of the PlayStation VR hardware are “in line” with internal expectations, according to Sony CFO Kenichiro Yoshida.
Word comes by way of the company’s recent earnings briefing, which also revealed strong PS4 sales and a 5.2 percent increase in sales to $5.3 billion for the fiscal period ending December 31st. That figure accounts for the Game & Network Services division, given Sony’s overall financial results recorded a 54 percent dip in profit over the previous year.
Elsewhere in the briefing, Yoshida-san noted that sales-wise, the PS4 Pro “is running as we had expected, as we assumed, but Pro maybe is doing more than we anticipated.” The executive stopped short of disclosing official numbers, but last we checked in on total PS4 sales, the worldwide cume had surpassed 53 million as of January 1st, 2017.
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Circling back to PlayStation VR, though, it’s difficult to gauge exactly how many PSVR units are out in the wild. Prior to its launch late last year, PlayStation executive Jim Ryan estimated that Sony’s head-mounted device would ship hundreds of thousands of units before the end of 2016. Couple this with the fact that, of the total number of players currently exploring the Baker Mansion in Resident Evil 7, around 10 percent played using PSVR, and one would assume Sony’s VR device has shipped at least 200,000 units since launch.
But what do you think? Indeed, do you believe PlayStation VR has the necessary mileage in the tank to hold its place in the market for years to come? Or will its staying power hinge on the number of AAA titles that come packing PSVR support, a la Resident Evil 7? Do let us know.