One analyst that expected Sony to sell a around 2.6 million units of the PlayStation VR in 2016 now estimates that the company won’t even sell half of that.
Revised 2016 sales forecast for the PSVR by SuperData Research, a market research and analytics firm, reveals that Sony’s virtual reality headset will shift fewer than 750,000 units by the end of the year, a far cry from earlier estimates.
SuperData conceded to its overestimated of the PlayStation VR’s performance at retail, adjusting its forecast accordingly. Its report stated that “notably fewer [PSVR] units sold than expected due to a relatively fragmented title line-up and modest marketing effort.”
The company, however, remains confident that the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift will sell 420,108 and 355,088 units, respectively.
You can purchase SuperData’s full report and other industry insights on its website.
Did you or will you buy a PlayStation VR? Has it lived up to the hype? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
New PlayStation Store Refund Policy Lets You Get Refunds Within 14 Days
Sony has updated its PlayStation Store refund policy.
Players that purchase digital content on the PlayStation Store now benefit from a 14-day refund policy that allows them to get their money back under certain conditions.
The 14-day refund applies to purchases of full games and add-ons (DLC) that you haven’t started to download, install or stream. If the content is “faulty”, as Sony puts it, you ‘may’ get a refund after downloading or installing it about are not guaranteed one.
In the same way, pre-order games can be refunded anytime before the official release date and for up to 14 days following the release date — assuming the content wasn’t downloaded or installed, that is.
PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Now, and Spotify Premium and other subscription services can be cancelled within the 14-day trial period. After that, Sony will deduct a certain amount of the subscription fee based on how much the service was used.
Unfortunately, changes to your PSN name are not refundable.
Unlike Steam, Xbox Live and other digital media store, the PlayStation Store’s refund policy is not automated and requires you to contact support to request a refund. Regardless of the payment method used, the refund gets added to your PlayStation wallet balance.
It’s Possible to Use PlayStation VR on Xbox One, Wii U
That’s right, it’s actually possible to plug the PlayStation VR into the Xbox One, Wii U and other devices and use some of its features.
Japanese twitter user chirnoice used his/her headset to view Splatoon on Wii U, while Ars Technica hooked theirs up to an Xbox One and a PC, stating that doing so with the latter shows the Windows desktop.
Various reddit users have also tested the headset on the Xbox One and other devices with an HDMI output, getting varying results. Apparently, a major drawback is the lack of sound, though Polygon said plugging headphones into the Xbox One controller addresses that problem but doesn’t deliver the 360-degree audio that you get with PSVR-capable games.
Obviously, the PlayStation VR doesn’t work as well on other console as it does on the PlayStation 4. In fact, it just triggers Cinematic Mode, which makes whatever you’re viewing through the headset appear as a cinema-sized screen.
In other words, not much to see, but worth the experiment …
Have a Look at the Upcoming PlayStation VR Games, Experiences [Video]
Sony has released a new video giving gamers a quick preview of what they can expect from the PlayStation VR, showing all sorts of experiences for the virtual reality device.
We get to see a number of upcoming games and even a face-to-face encounter with a Great White shark in The Deep…
Some 230 developers are already working on content for PlayStation VR and gamers can expect at least 50 games to be released between the device’s launch and the end of 2016.
We are especially looking forward to the PS VR versions of Star Wars Battlefront and Resident Evil 7.
PlayStation VR is scheduled for release in North America, Japan and Europe on October 13.
Resident Evil 7 is Written by a Westerner For First Time Ever
Resident Evil 7 is written by non-other than Richard Pearsey, the creative mind behind the Spec-Ops: The Line and F.E.A.R.’s stories.
Having confirmed his involvement in the game on his Twitter account, Pearsey is the first Westerner to be lead writer for a major Resident Evil game. He tweeted:
“This has been quite a trip. Very glad to have played a part.”
Most recently, he was the writer and narrative designer iOS game 1979 Revolution, which was banned in Iran for its rather ‘touchy’ subject matter (research the ‘Iranian Revolution’).
It’ll be interesting to see what a western perspective brings to the Resident Evil series, which many gamers believe has lost touch with it survival horror roots.
Do you think the franchise is in good hands? What changes do you want to see made?
Resident Evil 7 releases on January 24, 2017, for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It is fully compatible with PlayStation VR.
These Developer Are Making Games for PlayStation VR
When Sony announced the price and release month for the PlayStation VR at GDC 2016, it mentioned that a large number of companies were working on games and other content for its virtual reality headset — a whopping 230 companies, to be exact!
The Japanese tech giant plans to launch 50 games for its virtual reality headset between October and the end of 2016. It has released a list of all 230 companies just in case — you know — no one believes the bold figure, and it seems everyone wants something to do with the device:
Japan (34 companies)
Asia (26 companies)
North America (79 companies)
Europe and PAL territories (92 companies)
Sony is clearly not playing around with the promising new segment of virtual reality gaming. Is you favourite video game developer on the list?
PlayStation VR Releases in October 2016 for $400, Get the Details
PlayStation VR is essentially ready for your home, and for $400, you can have your very own. It launches in October 2016.
At that price point, the PlayStation VR is the most affordable of the non-mobile virtual reality headsets, which is probably why it is selling like hotckaes. It’s priced at £349 in the UK, €399 in Europe, ¥44,980 in Japan and AU$550 in Australia.
The Oculus Rift and $HTC Vive by comparison cost $600 and $800, respectively, and both require fairly high-end computers to run optimally.
Sony told attendees at a private GDC session that there are over 230 developers currently working on content for the headset, and expects 50 supported games to be released between October and the end of 2016. One of those games is a special PlayStation VR version of Star Wars Battlefront, which will be available for free.
As for specifications, the headset features a 5.7 inch OLED screen with a resolution of 1920 x RGB x 1080 ( 960 x RGB x 1080 for each eye) and offers a field of view of approximately 100 degrees. Nine motion-tracking LEDs enable full 360 degree movement and less than 18ms of latency.
When you buy the PlayStation VR, you get also get headphones, cables and an external processing box that plugs into your PS4. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come packaged with a PlayStation Camera, which is needed and retails for about $60 in the United States.
DualShock 4 controllers are supported, so you won’t need to spend more money on a set of Move batons.
As well as games made specifically for the device, PlayStation VR can be used for standard PS4 games, movies and other content, which can be viewed on a virtual cinema screen at three different zoom levels — very useful for when the TV is in use or you want a private experience.
The video below says it all… Are you ready for virtual reality gaming?