There’s been a big surprise in the virtual reality wars right before the holiday selling season: Sony’s month-old PlayStation VR headset is exploding on the market, suggesting that rival devices from HTC and Oculus must either cut their prices or end up as only bit players.
According to new estimates, the PlayStation VR will sell roughly 740,000 headsets by the end of the year, compared to 450,000 for the HTC Vive and 355,000 for the Oculus Rift. Both the Vive and the Rift have been out since the summer. That’s according to market research company SuperData, which gets its data from retailers and headset makers. (See above chart.)