Sony Corp.’s (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation VR opened up pre-orders on Amazon earlier today. That being said, the current stock vanished in quick time soon after going live, giving out a clear signal about the strong demand of the virtual reality headset.
The core version of the headset was planned to go live for pre-order at major retailers on March 29 at 7 a.m. PT. At the time of writing, Amazon has exhausted its pre-order supplies and the headset is no longer available. We were unable to track how fast the headset sold out, but the entire stock was cleaned out at about 8 a.m. PT. Even if we were to assume that the inventory became unavailable in under one-and-a-half hour, it still speaks about the hype surrounding the product.
We reported last week that PlayStation VR Bundle was sold out at Amazon within six minutes of its availability. Now the Core version, which retails for a $100 cheaper than the bundle, has received the same kind of reception from eager customers.
Sony shook the world this month when it announced that their virtual-reality headset will cost $200 cheaper than the cheapest headset in the market, Oculus Rift. The price landed the headset in a very comfortable position in the market and gamers saw the value in the proposition. Later, Sony revealed a complete bundle for the headset for $500 which includes the PlayStation VR headset, two Move controllers, PlayStation Camera and a copy of PlayStation VR Worlds.
The initial pre-orders are for launch-day shipment. It is possible that Amazon will reopen pre-orders once they are assured of more stock from Sony. Currently, there is no way to get the headset unless someone else sells you his. Sony should have the headset widely available once it launches in October.