It seems that PlayStation VR is selling better than Sony had hoped it would. In a new article from The New York Times, Sony Interactive Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Andrew House confirmed that the virtual reality headset has sold 915,000 units as of February 19. This comes just four months after the headset was released in October of 2016.
House talks about how during last year’s launch preparations, he was a proponent of manufacturing fewer PlayStation VR units in case things didn’t turn out as planned. House stated:
It’s the classic case in any organization — the guys who are on the front end in sales are getting very excited, very hyped up. You have to temper that with other voices inside the company, myself among them, saying let’s just be a little bit careful.
Sony had originally aimed to sell one million units by April of 2017, a goal which they should easily achieve. Because of this underestimation of potential sales, supply for PSVR has been quite scarce in almost all territories. In Japanese markets, consumers have begun lining up outside of stores once they know that a shipment of units has arrived. Even in the United States, it’s incredibly rare to find a unit on a store shelf or purchase one through an online retailer.
House confirmed that more headsets will be available to consumers come April. He also said that by fall, Sony will begin selling the device in Latin America.
In the end, these sales bode well for both Sony and PSVR supporters. While not many doubt the quality of virtual reality in 2017, there was still some skepticism that VR headsets would be able sell in high numbers when considering it’s steep price point and lack of notable software. If these sales numbers are any indication, it seems that VR is here to stay and Sony might just be leading that charge going forward.