Sony has managed to sell nearly one million PlayStation VR headsets since the hardware went on sale worldwide in mid-October.
That’s according to Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Andrew House, who told the New York Times that the company had sold 915,000 units as of February 19, exceeding the platform holder’s expectations and even leading to supply issues.
“You literally have people lining up outside stores when they know stock is being replenished,” said House.
Sony has played the virtual reality phenomenon very well. While Oculus Rift began the new generation of VR with a huge Kickstarter and subsequent Facebook buyout, before Half-Life maker Valve got involved with the HTC Vive, neither company has posted sales figures and speculation is rife that both headsets have underperformed. According to the Times, SuperData Research suggests Vive has sold 420,000 and Oculus just 243,000.
Sony, meanwhile, arrived late, with hardware that arguably does less than either of its competitors, and seems to have cleaned up. House even admitted he was urging caution within the company prior to its release. His sales people were very hyped, he said, but, “You have to temper that with other voices inside the company, myself among them, saying let’s just be a little bit careful.”
Sony is now on track to beat its goal of 1m PS VR headsets sold by mid-April, six months after launch, and House told the Times the stock situation should improve around that time.