Sony has a hit on its hands with its PlayStation VR headset accessory that was made for its PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro gaming consoles. The company confirmed today that since it launched in October 2016, the headset has sold 915,000 units worldwide.
In an interview with The New York Times, Andrew House, the global chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment, admitted that even he was doubtful that the PlayStation VR would sell as many headsets as his sales employees were predicting. In fact, he suggested that the company make a smaller number of headsets to make sure they didn’t end up with too many units sitting unsold on shelves. As it turns out, sales of the PlayStation VR look like they will exceed Sony’s original forecast of 1 million units sold worldwide in its first six months.
As a result of the better-than-expected sales, supplies of the headset have been scarce, especially in Sony’s home country of Japan. House says that the company will have more headsets available to fix those supply issues in April. The PlayStation VR will also expand its market reach to Latin America sometime this fall.
One interesting stat in the article claims that the amount of time PlayStation 4 owners have spent playing games with the PlayStation VR has doubled since the release of Resident Evil 7 Biohazard from Capcom in January. The game is one of the few major retail console titles that was made to be played fully in VR.
Sony also plans to launch a PlayStation VR controller, a gun-shaped product called the PlayStation VR Aim, on May 16. It will be released alongside a game that supports the controller, the sci fi-themed first-person shooter title Farpoint.