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Putting Sony’s 4.2 million PSVR sales in context

Enlarge / You know, it almost looks like these two console add-on devices (PlayStation VR and Sega CD) could connect together. In terms of historical sales data, they kind of do. (credit: Sam Machkovech)

Nearly three years after consumer virtual reality became a real thing, the market is still trying to determine whether it’s a growing market niche or a dwindling technological fad. Entering into that debate this week comes Sony, which is now trumpeting 4.2 million PlayStation VR headset sales through March 3 of this year.

While 4.2 million is certainly a big number in and of itself, its actual import depends a lot on what you’re comparing it to. So to put Sony’s latest report in context, we’ve gathered a bevy of relevant comparison numbers for you to peruse in both chart and list form. Use this as a handy reference for your next debate about whether console virtual reality is a “dead end” or not.

  • 130 days: Time since release for PSVR to sell 915,000 headsets (~7K/day) (Source)
  • 417 days: Time since release for PSVR to sell 2 million headsets (~4.8K/day) (Source)
  • 673 days: Time since release for PSVR to sell 3 million headsets (~4.5K/day) (Source)
  • 872 days: Time since release for PSVR to sell 4.2 million headsets (~4.8K/day) (Source)
  • 43 days: Time since release for the PS4 to sell 4.2 million units (Source)
  • 154 days: Time since release for the Xbox One to ship 5 million units (Source)
  • 317 days: Time since release for the Wii U to sell 3.91 million units (Source)
  • 4.08 million: Rough Superdata estimate for PSVR headset sales through the end of 2018
  • 0.99 million: Rough Superdata estimate for Oculus Rift headset sales through the end of 2018
  • 1.3 million: Rough Superdata estimate for HTC Vive headset sales through the end of 2018
  • 4 million: Rough Nvidia estimate for total “PC VR” headset sales through the end of 2018

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