Jun 7, 2017

Sony sells one million VR headsets

Sony has sold more than one million virtual reality headsets, the company has said. The headset, at $399, is cheaper than rival devices from Facebook and HTC. According to research company IDC, about two million VR headsets were shipped worldwide in the first three months of 2017. There are two reasons why Sony is currently leading on VR, according to Piers Harding-Rolls, a gaming analyst at research company IHS Markit. "Sony PlayStation VR is leading sales in the high-end sector because it is cheaper, but also because of Sony's addressable market of 60 million PS4 consoles," he said. Facebook's Oculus Rift currently has a $599 price-tag, while HTC's Vive is even more expensive at $799. Mr Harding-Rolls said VR was still a niche market but developers were beginning to come up with some interesting and immersive content such as the VR mode on the latest Resident Evil title, which he described as a "Scary proposition".

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