Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that sales of the PlayStation VR units have surpassed three million. Since launching the headsets in October 2016, the acceptance of virtual reality gaming has grown, with sales doubling this past year. This uptick in sales is likely due to last year's VR headset update that saw Sony upgrade the processing power without increasing the price from the base $399. The increased sales is also in part due to the influx of new first-party and indie VR titles. Sony confirmed 21.9 million VR games and experiences have been sold, making Sony by far the most successful producer of content for the medium.
As developers, Sony has always been at the forefront of new technology. Long before the Xbox unveiled Kinect, PlayStation 2 had the EyeToy, a rudimentary version of Microsoft's motion-tracking camera. Yet when PlayStation VR was first revealed, under the codename Project Morpheus, reviewers were unsure as to whether the developer-friendly technology would catch on given its high price point. Additionally, the average consumer was unaware of the true potential of the system and if games would even be made for their headsets and Move controllers.
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Two years later and it seems like the professionals and casual players alike have their answer. Three million units is an impressive number, keeping Sony steadily ahead of its closest competition, the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Sony is understandably very thankful to their fans, saying "we’re thrilled that so many of our gamers have experienced the magic of VR and stepped into the captivating worlds that electrify our senses." In celebration of the milestone, Sony released info on two upcoming games, Creed: Rise to Glory and Evasion.
Creed: Rise to Glory comes from Survios, and puts the player in the ring as Adonis Creed, son of Apollo. The game will follow his journey from amateur to pro, paralleling the story of the recent Rocky franchise films. The game releases on September 25 and is currently available to pre-order at a $30 price tag. Evasion releases on October 9 and is a sci-fi hero first-person shooter. It is also available to pre-order now.
Sony thanked developers and publishers by disclosing the top-selling games for PlayStation VR, though they did not release the actual sales numbers. Topping the list was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR. Also present in the top 10 were favorites such as Job Simulator, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, and Superhot VR. The full list can be seen here.
But Sony didn't stop the VR celebrations there. They also announced a Totally Digital Sale on the PlayStation Store running now through August 28. In addition to a plethora of non-VR titles, Sony is marking down games like Bow to Blood and Torn. For fans (and owners of PlayStation VR), there are some can't-miss discounts.
With over 300 VR titles in their catalogue, Sony is fast making VR accessible to the average gamer. Hopefully they continue this tradition by making the VR units compatible with the PlayStation 5, whenever that eventually releases.
Source: PlayStation Blog