PlayStation VR will sell a total of 1.5 million units by the end of next year, IHS Technology has said in its latest report titled ‘Virtual Reality Entertainment.’
Not only does the company expect strong sales for Sony’s upcoming virtual reality headset, but it is predicted to outsell competing VR devices Oculus Rift and HTC Vive combined. To be more specific, IHS forecast sales of one million between both of those devices by the end of 2016, although Google Cardboard is expected to come out on top with a predict install base of 2.1 million during the same period.
The report goes on to state that price will play a large factor in PS VR’s dominance over rivals Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, as IHS expects Sony’s headset to come in cheaper than its leading rivals. Of course, an official price has yet to be determined, although Sony itself has said PS VR will be positioned at a similar cost to a new games console.
While predicting strong numbers for PS VR, the report notes that it the technology is unlikely to be adopted as fast as the likes of Blu-ray and 3D TVs. In fact, it believes during the first five years, virtual reality gaming is only likely to appeal to a niche audience.
“Conditions are more suited to virtual reality technology and content adoption than ever before,” said IHS in its report. “It is neither a bubble nor the next big thing.”
Sony is scheduled to launch PS VR in the first half of 2016, and the format holder has been tweaking the device’s performance in the run up to release. Reportedly, Sony has told developers that they should be aiming for at least 90fps in order to provide the best gaming experiences on PS VR. Check out the full tech specs for the upcoming virtual reality headset.