Sony is expanding the distribution of the PSVR 2: the PS5 virtual reality headset will be able to be purchased from traditional retailers. A way to revive sales that are said to be disappointing?
Finally! It will be possible to buy the PSVR 2 from additional sellers, such as Amazon, Best Buy or GameStop in the United States and elsewhere in the world. The British retailer ShopTo has already announced that it will sell the headset from May 12 (the virtual reality headset is already sold in traditional retailers in some countries, such as Sweden or Denmark). In a tweet, PlayStation announces the good news, which will expand much more widely the distribution of the accessory so far sold first and foremost on the Sony online store.
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The arrival of the PSVR 2 at more retailers could have a significant impact on its visibility and sales, as wider availability often leads to discounts and promotions when retailers snatch consumers’ wallets. The price of the device is one of its biggest problems: at €599, it is simply more expensive than a PS5. And Sony didn’t think it was worth making it backwards compatible with the games of the first generation, mechanically reducing the catalog of available titles…
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In exchange for which, the PSVR 2 is a technological jewel: several cameras including an infrared, eye tracking technology, vibrations for more immersion, an OLED display with a definition of 2,000 x 2,040 per eye and a refresh rate up to 120 Hz … To this are added two controllers full of sensors and powerful. Assets that do not compensate for the narrowness of the market since you have to own a PS5 to take advantage of it. The PSVR 2 also suffers from a lack of assertive support from Sony regarding games. Since the launch, the new titles have not rushed, and the big AAA games are not there with a few notable exceptions (Horizon Call of the Mountain, Resident Evil Village).
With these new distribution channels, we can hope for a decrease in the prices of the PSVR 2! As for the commercial success of the helmet, it’s a little complicated to determine it. A recent Bloomberg report indicated that the virtual reality headset had experienced weaker sales than expected: 270,000 units sold a month after its launch, on February 22 last year. However, Sony refuted these claims, saying that the PSVR 2 was not a flop. The manufacturer would still have reduced the production of the PSVR 2 by about 20% for this year, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Being able to buy the PSVR 2 in more places will surely not hurt sales.