PlayStation VR sales hit 4.2 million

Sony's PS4-powered VR headset breaks 4 million units sold, but pales in comparison to PS4 shipments.

Published Mon, Mar 25 2019 6:49 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:49 AM CST

Sony today announced it's PS4-powered PlayStation VR headset has sold over 4 million units worldwide, proving that dedicated VR is still a small market.

PlayStation VR sales hit 4.2 million |

VR took center stage at Sony's new State of Play stream showcase, confirming the games-maker is far from done with virtual reality gaming. The company is still dedicated to providing a steady stream of interesting and varied content to engage PSVR owners and spark headset sales, including the massively anticipated No Man's Sky VR. But despite it's efforts, Sony has only sold 4.2 million PSVR headsets worldwide across the PS4's massive 90 million-strong installed base, meaning 4.6% PS4 owners actually bought a VR headset.

Patents indicate Sony plans to release a more powerful PlayStation VR headset to accompany its new next-gen PlayStation 5 system.

No details have been confirmed just yet, but the next headset could feature lots of quality-of-life improvements to reduce sickness and latency issues, while offering enhanced refresh rates, better optical solutions, a higher resolution screen, and should tap the PS5's reported AMD Navi GPU and Zen CPU to deliver more immersive experiences.

Here's a brief history on PlayStation VR sales, as noted by Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad:

  • PSVR launch - October 2016
  • 915k sold - Feb 2017
  • 2m sold - December 2017
  • 3m sold - August 2018
  • 4.2m sold - March 2019

Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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