What Happened to the Sony Playstation VR?

Jan 17, 2017 09:36 PM EST | BC Tabotabo

Sony released the PlayStation VR two months ago but no one talks about it anymore.  What happened to the PS4 VR?

The Japanese gaming company first released their PlayStation VR  in October 2016. It was the first ever console-based virtual reality headset in the market.

There was so much hype when the Japanese tech conglomerate first announced its VR system. Everyone was so excited to finally get their hands on it and experience virtual reality. The company was quick to deliver and tried to release it as soon as possible.

The PlayStation Launch VR bundle sells for $499.99. It comes with a PS VR system, headset and cable, Move controllers, and a PlayStation camera. The PSVR package comes with only the system, headset, and cables and sells for $399. They are currently sold out everywhere. Reports reveal that the packages will restock next month.

While the virtual reality gaming system is out of stock everywhere, Sony has reportedly only sold 750,000 units. This is almost only 25% of the original projection of 2.6 million sales in 2016. No one seems to know what happened to all the other consoles and why they are out of stock everywhere.

Sony has been very silent about this. They constantly brag about how the PS4 and PS4 Pro have amassed over 50 million sales worldwide. But they remain very silent about their PlayStation VR. Sony's Kaz Hirai just vaguely commented on the issue: "One of the reasons we're not talking about the numbers so much is because we don't want the numbers to take a life of their own."

Going into 2017, the PS VR is off to a very slow start. It's stated to be out of stock everywhere but there also seems to be no buzz about rushing to buy one. This could also be due to the lack of games available.

Star Wars: Battlefront, Batman: Arkham VR, and Until Dawn: Rush of Blood are already available, among others. Two new games are launching soon: Resident Evil on Jan. 24 and Star Trek Bridge Crew on Mar. 14. But again, they don't seem to be drawing that much excitement. There just aren't enough games available at present.

One report claims that the Sony PlayStation VR is doomed heading into 2017. Perhaps the Japanese tech company's virtual reality has not yet caught mainstream attention. Only a few niche groups seem to show much interest in the PS VR.

Officially, Sony remains silent on the subject so it is best to wait for their official statement. However, it is a fact that there are not enough PS VR stock and not enough games to draw much hype at the moment. Hopefully, they PlayStation VR will restock next month and more games will be released.

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