The PlayStation VR is far from being the best consumer VR headset that money can buy. It has a lower resolution display and poorer hand and body tracking compared to the Rift and Vive. However, the PlayStation VR is significantly cheaper than both the Rift and Vive. In addition to this, the PS VR only requires a PS4 to run it, compared to the comparatively expensive high end PC’s required by the competition.
The report from SuperData states that this year the Oculus Rift shipped 355,000 units, the HTC Vive shipped 420,000 units and the PlayStation VR shipped 745,000 units. They aren’t the only top VR options of the market, the Samsung Gear VR (which has been out for longer) sold a whopping 2.3m units in 2016. The Gear VR is around a seventh of the price of the PS VR which in itself is already half the price of the Vive and Rift. In addition to this, the Gear VR only requires a smartphone, albeit only new Samsung phones are compatible.
So it seems as though it’s not all about quality, but rather price and availability. The Gear VR is cheaper and only requires a smartphone – which is something that most people already have. Not everyone has a high end gaming pc or a PlayStation 4. And even if they do, £550 for the Rift or £800 for the Vive is a hard pill to swallow.