Several European Amazon stores completely sell out of PlayStation VR headsets, with the retailer unable to guarantee that new orders will get the headset at launch.
One of the biggest questions surrounding Sony’s virtual reality headset PlayStation VR is how can the device compete against VR headset rivals Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Sony Computer Entertainment Vice President Masayasu Ito recently admitted that the PlayStation VR isn’t likely to match the Oculus Rift in quality and 15,000 HTC Vives were sold in just 10 minutes when it became available for pre-order last month. So, it’s hard to blame anyone who has questions about the PS VR’s sales potential for feeling that way.
Any doubts or concerns about the PlayStation VR’s potential will soon dissipate, though, following the news that the Sony headset sold out almost immediately after it went on sale at European Amazon stores. At Amazon Germany, Amazon Italy, and Amazon France the headset is completely sold out as of this writing, while Amazon UK did get a second batch of PS VR units allocated to it after its first sold out in under 10 minutes.
However, Amazon UK was forced to clarify that “due to limited stock we are only able to offer one unit per customer per address.” The retailer also states that for anyone who ordered after 11:45AM GMT this morning (Wednesday, March 16), it would not would be able to “guarantee” a day one delivery. There’s currently no word on how long buyers will be waiting if they ordered after that 11:45AM cut-off point, but Amazon UK says that buyers “will be notified via email of the expected delivery date closer to the time.”
These stock shortages are being chalked down to the PlayStation VR’s price and release date. With both the Rift and the Vive having been criticized for being too expensive and yet selling phenomenally regardless, the PS VR, which is far cheaper than both of the headsets (even when the PS4 is factored in) could seriously appeal to the more budget conscious gamer. And although the headset’s delay from early 2016 to October 2016 is disappointing, it also puts the PlayStation VR in prime holiday shopping position, as gamers buy the headset as a gift.
Moving forward, the next question people will ask is whether or not Sony can keep up with this demand. Also selling massively are the PlayStation Camera and the PlayStation Move controllers (which are required to play PS VR games) and with sales of the peripherals increasing by over 2000% and 900%, respectively, some are concerned that these will sell out too.