Sony believes PlayStation VR2 has a ‘good chance’ of outselling the original

Sony has said he believes Game drive VR2 has a “good chance” of outselling its predecessor.

The original PlayStation VR was released PS4 in October 2016 and, according to Sony, had sold five million copies by the end of 2019.

Its tracking, which requires users to own a PS5 console, launched last month for $549.99 / €599.99 / £529.99.

During a fireside chat at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom conference on Monday, Sony VP and CFO Hiroki Totoki was asked to weigh in on the release of the PS VR2 and the company’s future expectations.

“We are very happy to release VR2 on PS5,” he said. “VR1, we sold over five million units, and I think we have a good chance of surpassing that number with PlayStation VR2.”

Totoki went on to reference predictions that the VR market could be one of the biggest growth areas in the media and entertainment segment in the first half of this decade.

If true, he said the VR/AR market has “good potential” and “good technology development potential in this area as well.”

At the end of January, Bloomberg according to sources, Sony had cut its PS VR2 release forecast in half after disappointing pre-order numbers.

They claimed that Sony’s shipment forecasts were cut from two million to one million units this quarter. In response, Sony released a statement claiming that it “has not cut production volumes for the PlayStation VR2.”

Sony recently announced that Totoki will be promoted to president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer effective April 1, 2023.

With the management reshuffle, Totoki will replace current Sony president Kenichiro Yoshida, who will retain his role as the group’s chairman and CEO.