Sony shipped out another 500,000 PlayStation VR headsets during the three month period through June, making it far-and-away the industry leader when it comes to high-level virtual reality experiences. But the extent to which the Japanese giant is dominating the nascent space has group president Andrew House nervous, and he’s perhaps suggested that its competitors need to pull their socks up.
“I‘m not entirely comfortable being the market leader in VR by such a margin that seems to be happening right now,” he told Reuters. “With such a brand new category you want a variety of platforms all doing well to create that rising tide and create the audience.”
While it may seem odd for the market leader to lament its position, House’s point is essentially that PlayStation VR is a very big fish in a minuscule pond. In order for the fledgling technology to really take off, the platform holder knows that other headsets also need to do well.
IDC reports that stronger than expected interest in first-person shooter Farpoint and continued momentum from Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is what’s helped give PlayStation VR an “unmatched” lead over the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and with a strong selection of software planned for the holidays – including high-profile names like Gran Turismo Sport and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR – would you bet against that gap continuing to grow?