Sony’s PlayStation VR System Sells 915,000 Units Worldwide

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Sales have exceeded expectations, making the Japanese company’s system the most popular virtual reality offering and leading to shortages.

Sony’s PlayStation VR system has sold 915,000 units since its October launch, making it the most popular such system in the world and exceeding the company’s expectations.

The unexpectedly strong sales as of Feb. 19 have led to shortages, particularly in Japan, and Sony said it was ramping up production.

“We are increasing production to meet demand and will continuously support content developers as they create innovative VR experiences that are only possible on PlayStation,” said Andrew House, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment.

The number of PS VR software titles reached more than 100 as of this month, and the number of developers and publishers now stands at 360, with more than 220 software and content titles in development.

The PS VR, which sells for $400-$500, is currently available in 64 countries and regions. According to SuperData Research, Sony’s two rivals, Facebook’s Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, had sold 420,000 and 243,000 units, respectively, as of the end of 2016.

The PlayStation 4, which is required to make use of the VR system, has also exceeded forecasts at a time when the death of console gaming was being predicted, selling more than 53 million units globally.