PlayStation VR2 has been reported to be off to a disappointing start

Sony’s PlayStation VR2 is said to have had a disappointing start as the virtual reality headset is only expected to sell 270,000 units by the end of March.

As I mentioned bloombergThat number comes from research firm IDC, and while 270,000 headsets is still a lot, reports last year indicated that Sony was looking to produce 2 million PSVR 2 units to sell by the end of March.

IDC Vice President of Data and Analytics Francisco Jeronimo told Bloomberg that Sony will need to lower the price of PSVR 2 to prevent its launch from being a “total disaster.” The headset, which is $549.99, is made even pricier by the additional cost of $499.99 for the required PlayStation 5.

“Consumers around the world are facing a rising cost of living, rising interest rates, and layoffs. Virtual reality headsets are not top of mind for most consumers in the current economic climate,” Geronimo said. “I think the price of PSVR2 needs to be lowered to avoid a complete disaster for their new product.”

The headset launched on February 22 with 42 games, including the main title Horizon: Call of the Mountain and a variety of VR updates for critically acclaimed games like Gran Turismo 7 and Resident Evil Village.

In our 9/10 review, IGN said: “With first-class visual quality and immersive sensory consoles, PlayStation VR2 marks a quantum leap over its predecessor, setting a new standard for virtual reality gaming.”

Ryan Dinsdale is a freelance journalist for IGN and UK news editor. He’ll be talking about The Witcher all day.

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