There’s some good surprises on this list, that’s for sure.
With Sony’s PlayStation VR finally beginning to catch on, and establishing itself as a long term platform for the burgeoning medium, it seems like the NPD Group has decided to shed some light on exactly what games people are playing on it once they buy it. While major AAA support for VR is still a bit wanting, there’s a lot of great titles available now— and that is reflected in the list of the top five bestselling PSVR games in the US, according to NPD Group analyst Mat Piscatella, which is a pretty diverse group.
You’ll be surprised to know that the top selling game is not Skyrim, but rather, Farpoint; Worlds VR is number two, followed by Batman: Arkham VR. Skyrim comes in at number 4, with DriveClub VR taking fifth place.
Now, there’s some interesting points to note here, so let’s go through them. “Where’s Resident Evil 7?” is one, so let’s make it very clear that the NPD Group is only counting “PSVR required” games here, which means that Resident Evil 7, which includes full VR on board with the standard PS4 version, doesn’t count here.
Why is Skyrim so low? There’s multiple reasons: one, Skyrim does not have its digital sales counted, unlike the other games, because Bethesda does not share digital sales data with the NPD Group. Secondly, Skyrim is one of the few full priced PSVR games on the market— most other games can be had for less than $60. It’s not unreasonable to suppose many would-be buyers go with a handful of cheaper games rather than one expensive one.
So, there you have it. I wonder what this list will look like a year from now…
Since some folks have asked in the past, here are the top 5 best-selling "PSVR Required" games in the US life to date. Ranked on dollar sales, Physical + Digital for those publishers in the Digital Leader Panel. pic.twitter.com/gLh6anb3d9
— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) October 2, 2018