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Sony intends to ship less of its PSVR 2 headset due to low pre-order numbers

Seeing new technology released is usually an exciting time, but for many the PSVR 2 is too high of a price to pay

Update: Speaking with Sony has denied that cuts have been made to production numbers. Instead it claims it is “seeing enthusiasm from PlayStation fans for the upcoming launch. Which includes more than 30 titles such as Gran Turismo 7, Horizon Call of the Mountain, and Resident Evil Village.

Original story follows:

Sony has seen reduced projections for the initial launch of its PlayStation VR2 headset. This has prompted the company to cut its shipment forecast for next month’s launch.

According to Bloomberg, Sony has halved its initial forecast of two million units to ship this quarter to just one million. While this number still sounds huge, it’s a significantly lower one. The decision to cut down on shipment is apparently due to disappointing pre-order numbers of the PSVR 2.

The report states that Sony had contacted a supply partner and told them to prepare for a reduction in display panel orders. It’s like the PS5 all over again. However, the difference here is that the PS5 was always in high demand, but can the same be said of the PSVR 2?

PSVR 2 is a pricey piece of equipment

Sony has allegedly stated that it expects to sell 1.5 million units of the PSVR 2 between April 2023 and March 2024. Keep in mind the launch date is set for February 22, 2023. Of course, these projections could change if the buzz surrounding the PSVR 2 was to pick up.

The main issue it would seem is the hefty price point of the new hardware. PlayStation fans have made it clear that they feel the price tag is too steep. In the UK players can get their hands on the PSVR 2 for £530, that’s more than an actual PS5 console. Another issue was the limited availability of PS5 stock, however in many palaces stores are now seeing their shelves stocked more frequently.

However, this still means that many will finally be grabbing a PS5 and with the new VR headset on top, customers will be spending around £1000. Even for those who currently own the console, £530 is a high price to pay in today’s economic climate. Adding more issues for the launch is the line-up of games. Unfortunately, many of the games announced are playable on other VR platforms or they’re accessible via the original PlayStation VR headset.

VR technology

The biggest new release comes in the form of Horizon: Call of the Mountain which ships as a pricier bundle. While the price tag and line-up may leave fans wanting, the PSVR 2 is certainly an upgrade on its predecessor.

It comes with a 4K HDR OLED in-headset display and offers faster refresh rates. In addition to a wider field of view. The setup for the PSVR 2 has been made easier, with everything up and running with just one cable. It also supports features such as eye-tracking and haptic feedback, which is tied up in a new rounder sleek design.

Time will tell how the PSVR 2 does on the market, as the line-up grows sales may see a boost. HTC recently revealed the VIVE XR elite VR headset which intends to combine both mixed reality and virtual reality capabilities.

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Paige Cook is a writer with a multi-media background. She has experience covering video games and technology and also has freelance experience in video editing, graphic design, and photography. Paige is a massive fan of the movie industry and loves a good TV show, if she is not watching something interesting then she's probably playing video games or buried in a good book. Her latest addiction is virtual photography and currently spends far too much time taking pretty pictures in games rather than actually finishing them.

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