Sony officially cleared a new sales milestone of 4.2 million headsets sold through March 3, 2019.
Sony is the only wired VR headset manufacturer to release actual sales figures. Samsung released some sales figures for its Gear VR headsets, but those systems offer a different caliber of experience compared with PlayStation VR.
We last heard Sony cleared 3 million headsets sold in August 2018. The headset first went on sale in late 2016. The PlayStation Aim controller (above) was released in 2017 with support in some VR shooters. Astro Bot, Beat Saber and other games have clearly driven sales for the system into 2019.
We’re of course curious what the future holds for Sony’s VR system. The PlayStation Move controllers and single sensor used with the PSVR system could be improved dramatically in a second generation of hardware. Oculus just announced its second generation Rift S and we’re curious if Valve will follow through with a new generation of headset powered by its technology.
Sony is due to provide updates on a potential PS5 system at some point. We’re anxious to hear what is in store for the company’s VR hardware efforts. In particular, 4.2 million PSVR headsets means Sony is incredibly well positioned to build a strong second generation that could improve upon the experience of games from the first. We’ll update you as soon as we hear what Sony has in store next.