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Jim Ryan says its ‘a little early’ to judge PS VR2’s popularity following sales slump reports

After the launch of the PS VR2 earlier this year, it was largely suggested that pre-orders and early sales missed expectations. We still don't know how many units Sony has managed to sell so far, but PlayStation head, Jim Ryan, says it is still too early to judge the new headset's popularity.

Back in March, it was reported that Sony had only sold around 300,000 PS VR2 units during Q1, far below the ambitious 2 million number Sony apparently wanted to hit. There are a few reasons for this – for starters, the headset itself costs more than the PS5 console required to use it. Secondly, there's a lack of ‘killer apps', with even the Horizon VR spin-off, Call of the Mountain, disappointing players due to its over-reliance on climbing as a gameplay mechanic.

Still, Sony isn't being quick to write the headset off. In an interview with Famitsu, Jim Ryan explained that since the headset only just came out a few months ago, it is “a little early to judge its popularity”.

PS VR2 will no doubt take up a portion of Sony's upcoming PlayStation Showcase, scheduled to go live next week. I'm sure early adopters will be keeping their fingers crossed for some big new VR games, perhaps even a PS VR2 version of Half-Life Alyx, which continues to be one of, if not the best single-player VR game produced to date.

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KitGuru Says: The PS VR2 isn't going to sell well at its current price point but if Sony can keep investing in the content library, they'll have a better chance of boosting sales when the inevitable price cut comes through.

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