Apparently Playstation’s upcoming virtual reality headset, the Playstation VR, is actually exceeding the demand for Playstation’s first-ever console, the Playstation 1. Considering that the Playstation VR has outsold its pre-orders multiple times the Playstation VR demand isn’t really a surprise, but this is even in the face of how new virtual reality technology is, along with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive having already come out.
The original Playstation is thought of today as a timeless classic console, even when it competed with other consoles like the Nintendo 64, Atari Jaguar, and Sega Saturn. It even overthrew the Sega Saturn to the point that even the man that designed the Saturn liked the Playstation.
The news about Playstation VR demand came from Playstation president Shuhei Yoshida, though he’s unable to really say just how much demand there actually is for the Playstation VR. However, considering that every time it’s gone up on pre-order the headset has sold out very fast, Playstation can at least be confident that there’s a great deal of Playstation VR demand.
At the same time, though, we don’t have any idea of exactly how many Playstation VR headsets Amazon and GameStop had in stock. Playstation had initially fielded worries that the headset wouldn’t sell well because of how new VR technology is; even many of the games that will be coming out for VR headsets are extremely short and are more like arcade games or proof-of-concept things than true games.
One of the reasons for the high Playstation VR demand is likely also because it’s cheaper than other VR headsets; in contrast to the Oculus Rift (600 dollars) and HTC Vive price (799 dollars), the Playstation VR is available for either 400 or 500 dollars depending on the bundle you pick, so despite the fact that many of those headsets have similar games the VR is the more popular option because of its cheaper cost.