Report: VR Takes Off In 2016, PlayStation VR Sells 1.9 Million
It will be the year of virtual reality entertainment, if a new report is any indication.
We know VR devices like Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR and HTC Vive are all being prepped for release in 2016 and according to a Superdata analysis (via IGN), Sony's device will sell nearly 2 million units.
Superdata believes Europe will lead the VR charge with $1.9 billion in overall sales, while North America will be in the runner-up position, spending $1.5 billion. Asia will invest $1.1 billion and the rest of the world will put up a little over a half billion, bringing the projected spending total to over $5 billion in 2016. That's a drastic increase from the $660 million in 2015 but of course, none of these VR devices were available last year.
Concerning sales for specific models, the report predicts the "light" mobile VR experiences, like Google Cardboard, will be far and away the most popular, selling a combined 27.1 million units. Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are expected to move 6.6 million units combined, and Sony's PlayStation VR will sell 1.9 million. We still don't know the price of the latter device yet, but they've just announced the price of Oculus Rift: $600. PlayStation VR might actually be a little cheaper, as Sony has previously said to expect a price tag similar to that of a new gaming console.
Everyone excited to try out VR in 2016?
1/6/2016 11:29:05 AM Ben Dutka