Following these statistics, a well-known source reported that Sony has cut production of the PlayStation VR2 by 20% after its modest results in terms of sales. The source is Ming-Chi Kuo, a technical expert known primarily for his analysis and predictions of future Apple products. But his information contradicts an earlier statement from Sony in January where it denied reports that it had lowered production numbers for the headset due to average pre-order numbers.
In addition to his significant update that Sony has cut production of the PSVR 2, Kuo does share a positive outlook on AR and VR headsets for the near future in his recent article on the website. Medium. He gave an example, saying that about 300,000 units of the Meta Quest Pro were shipped during its life cycle, while Pico, the largest AR/VR headset manufacturer in China, had shipments in 2022 that were 40% less than was expected.
The source ended by saying that these numbers mean that AR/VR headsets like the PSVR2 are not “the next star product in consumer electronics for the foreseeable future.” He thinks Apple is one of the last hopes that might change the situation, but he still thinks the market may overestimate these headphones over the next few years, in terms of their overall contribution to the companies that supply components for them.
It is reported that late last month, IDC also believed that PSVR2 sales would decline and recommended that Sony lower the price of the headset sooner rather than later. But Sony knows full well that it has invested a lot in the technologies of the aforementioned device, so will it bear the loss and accept a reduction in the price of the PSVR2 glasses?