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PlayStation VR2: A Beautiful Failure?

Sony’s latest virtual reality technology, the PSVR2, seems to be off to a very rocky start, with reports that around only 270,000 have been sold since February 2023. While the exact number of PSVR2 systems sold can only be estimated, the platform’s future is not guaranteed.

Early adopters of the PSVR2 were given a few triple-A games, including Resident Evil Village, Horizon Call of the Mountain, and Grand Turismo 5. Moreover, there have been a lot of third-party games that users can also be excited about. However, those games will not keep players busy forever as many are looking for more triple-A games.

PSVR2 users are ultimately concerned for the future of the device as they can’t see any more triple-A games past the launch line-up. Will Sony give up on the PSVR2 as they did with the original PSVR? After a few triple-A line-up games were launched on the original PSVR, the PSVR was then plagued with many third-party developer games. Although some games were very good, they were not big triple-A games that could have gotten the average person excited. Will the PSVR2 suffer the same fate?

Recently, a PlayStation state of play showcased many new games that could be played on the PlayStation 5 but left out a lot of potential PSVR2 titles. The PSVR2 titles that were shown are not anything that would make a casual gamer interested enough to spend 550 USD on a brand-new PSVR2 headset. The system needs more triple-A games to reach the average gamer. Titles such as Spiderman, The Last of Us, and Half-Life: Alyx need to be implemented into games for the PSVR2.

The other issue that Sony faced was advertising. There weren’t any early-onset advertisements for the PSVR2. Mostly just tweets and blog posts. We never saw any commercials for the PSVR2 on TV or even on the internet. Even on the PlayStation store, to even find the PSVR2 category, you must scroll down to the bottom of the page. Sony was more concerned about marketing their new pro controller than the PSVR2.

The PSVR2’s launch has been met with mixed reactions from early adopters. While many are still excited about the future of the PSVR2 and are enjoying the current games, others are left worried about the same and concerned about a lack of triple-A titles on the horizon. Everyone would love to see more promotions and advertisements for the device. It’s yet to be seen if Sony will continue to support the PSVR2 past the current launch titles, or if they will give up on pushing major titles to the platform, much like the original PSVR. Ultimately, the success of the PSVR2 will boil down to how Sony delivers new triple-A games to the device.

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