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Things look as if they are not going too well for the newest gaming headset on the market. According to a report today from Bloomberg which was brought on by a report from IDC’s data analyst Francisco Jeronimo, Sony’s PSVR 2 is currently selling at a far slower rate than the Japanese company expected.

According to reports, Sony will sell around 270,000 units of the PSVR2 between February and March. Last year, Bloomberg News reported that Sony planned to create about 2 million units for the PSVR2’s launch window. That’s a lot of units and according to the reports Sony may have been a bit overzealous.

One of the potential shortcomings of the PSVR 2 is that it does require you to own the PlayStation 5. This means you have to own the disc version ($499) or the disc-less version ($399) prior to purchasing the $550 headset. This is a lot to ask for when other headset makers like Meta and their Oculus Quest 2 only require you to purchase the headset with the option to connect it to your gaming rig. Entry alone Meta’s headset seems like the more attractive offer, however, the PSVR 2 comes with a host of technological advances not seen in many headsets priced lower than it.

Quest 2 vs PSVR 2 Specs Comparison

Here is a comparison to the headsets mentioned via uploadvr.com

SpecsPSVR 2Quest 2Meta Quest Pro
FormWired connection to PS5 consoleWireless standalone (with optional wired/wireless PC connection for PC VR content)Wireless standalone (with optional wired/wireless PC connection for PC VR content)
PriceHeadset costs $549.99, PS5 is $499 (Digital Edition is $399)$399 for 128GB, $499 for 256GB$1500 (256 GB)
Display Resolution Per Eye2000×20401832×19201800×1920
Display TypeOLEDLCDQD-LCD
HDR?YesNoNo
Refresh Rate90Hz/120Hz72Hz/90Hz/120Hz (limited to only some apps)72Hz/90Hz/120Hz (limited to only some apps)
Field of View110°, direction undisclosedUp to 96°106°×96°
Lens TypeFresnelFresnelMulti-element pancake
Lens SeparationAdjustable and fit can be guided by eye tracking3-point adjustable: 58mm, 63mm, and 68mmAdjustable between 55-75mm
Tracking Type4 camera inside-out4 camera inside-out4 camera Inside-out
Eye Tracking?YesNoYes
Hand Tracking?NoYesYes
Face Tracking?NoNoYes
Headset VibrationYesNoNo
Mixed Reality Passthrough?Yes, black and whiteYes, black and whiteYes, color
Microphone?YesYesYes
AudioHeadphone jackBuilt-in speakers, headphone jackBuilt-in speakers, headphone jack
ControllersBundled Sense controllers with buttons, sticks, capacitive touch sensors, haptic feedback (single actuator per unit), trigger resistance Bundled Touch controllers with buttons, sticks and capacitive touch sensorsBundled Touch Pro controllers with no tracking ring

Time will tell if the PSVR 2 will begin to sell as expected. Personally, due to the entry price, I expect the headset to be lowered in price by year’s end to help with its apparent lackluster sales. Sony has a great track record of getting its gaming platform on the right track in regard to sales. With the amazing software and a price cut, this could be a deal gamers can not pass up.

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