PlayStation VR Will Sell 1.9 Million Units This Year, With Google Cardboard Selling Nearly 27.1 Million According to Research Group

By   /   Jan 6, 2016
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While the Oculus Rift may be the virtual reality headset grabbing the headlines with its preorder availability from today onwards, it’s no hidden secret that it will be facing plenty of competition from the likes of PlayStation VR, Samsung Gear VR, and various others.

The PlayStation VR is likely to be its biggest competitor, with the experience and prowess of tech giant Sony playing a huge role in attracting plenty of buyers.

One research group called SuperData has published a report revealing their prediction for how much the device will sell in its expected first year on the market.

According to SuperData’s prediction, Sony’s PlayStation VR will sell 1.9 million units in 2016. This, surprisingly, actually puts it last for sales by model in the VR space, just behind Samsung Gear VR which the research firm has predicted would sell 2.5 million units.

Interestingly, it’s not Oculus Rift that holds the top spot in their predictions. They believe the simplicity and affordability of Google Cardboard would make it the bestselling VR set, with 27.1 million units. The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are predicted to sell a little over 3 million each.

In addition to the prediction of each VR model’s sales, they also predicted the popularity by region. SuperData predicts that VR gaming and movement will be most popular in Europe with sales of around $1.9 billion, with North America slightly lagging at $1.5 billion. Asia will be third at $1.1 billion, and the rest of the world will sum up to equal $0.6 billion.

2016 is being considered the year of virtual reality gaming, and hopefully by the end of the year we’ll be witnessing a new era of video-gaming altogether. We’ll also know just how accurate SuperData’s prediction will be.

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