VR Hit Game ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Breaks Sales Records
Half-Life: Alyx has broken sales records to become possibly the fastest-selling virtual reality game ever.
Half-Life: Alyx has already recorded more than one million owners less than two months after its release according to the analysis platform Steamspy. However, we cannot wholly conclude that all of those one million units were sold since Valve has been giving away the virtual reality game to all users who buy the Valve Index headset and the Index controller. According to the latest Steam statistics, there are currently some 200,000 Index systems in circulation so at least 200,000 of those 1 million Half-Life: Alyx owners may have gotten it freely after purchasing Index hardware.
However, even if 800,000 of Alyx units have been sold so far, that is still an impressive performance for a virtual reality game. The most successful virtual reality hit so far has been Beat Saber and it took almost one year to clock one million sales and almost two years to hit 2 million units sold.
The other exclusively VR title that has crossed the one million mark is Job Simulator which took almost four years to hit that milestone. The long running virtual reality hit Superhot VR should also have hit more than a million sales by now. Half-Life: Alyx appears to hi that milestone in less than two months which makes it the fastest-selling VR hit on record.
There is currently a high demand for virtual reality blockbusters. Half-Life: Alyx has hit its impressive record on just one virtual reality platform. All of the above VR titles hit their milestones while also selling on the PlayStation and the Oculus ecosystem.
If there are really 2 million virtual reality users on Steam as its latest hardware survey imply, then a least 50% of SteamVR players now own the Half-Life: Alyx game. Should that hold true, it could be an impressive development and proof that virtual reality users are thirsty for killer apps.
The PlayStation platform is still a big unknown so it is not easy to quantify the VR game stats. Sony is said to have already sold more than 5 million PSVR headsets so theoretically, a PSVR-exclusive such as Blood & Truth could easily have trumped the speed Alyx sales but the game lacked the widespread appeal of the Half-Life brand so that is unlikely. Resident Evil has so far been played by 880,000 PSVR users.
The VR hit Beat Saber is currently being played by more users on Steam than Half-Life: Alyx so while the market needs top-tier virtual reality games, those games still have to permanently tie up virtual reality headsets to see long term success.