A prominent screen supply chain analyst believes that the PSVR 2 and Apple’s headsets are delayed until 2023.
Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, tweeted the claim with reference to DSCC’s latest biannual Augmented and Virtual Reality Display Technologies and Market Report.
In late February, the YouTube channel PSVR Without Parole claimed to have sources that PSVR2’s launch window is Q1 2023.
Sony has not yet announced a release window for PlayStation VR2, but opened sign-ups in February to be notified when pre-orders are launched. As such, we can not be sure if this is really a delay or Sony’s plan all the time.
We asked Young how confident he was in his claim about PSVR2. He told us that Sony will only have a very limited supply by the end of the year, so any serious launch should happen in 2023.
Young also claims that Apple’s headsets are delayed until 2023. This reflects a report by Bloomberg in January, which claimed that the product’s release may have slipped into 2023 due to “challenges related to overheating, cameras and software”. The overheating problem is said to be caused by attempts to use a laptop processor in a lightweight headset.
In September, Taiwanese news agency DigiTimes had claimed that mass production was scheduled for Q2 2022 in time for a second-half release, and supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s note from November predicted the headset could launch in Q4 2022.
Apple has not even confirmed that it works on such a headset, no matter what a release window is given.