As a platform, virtual reality isn’t as a lot of a novelty because it was a number of years in the past, because of headsets starting from entry-level cardboard fashions to higher-end fashions just like the HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. Thanks to current gross sales numbers from analyst agency IDC by way of UploadVR, this standing can also be mirrored on the gross sales charts. While the gross sales of VR headsets are comparatively modest, the business continues to be seeing regular progress from consumers.
For the primary quarter of 2017, IDC stories round 2.2 million headsets have been bought worldwide amongst all tracked producers. It’s a robust year-over-year progress determine for the business, as IDC notes that just one.three million headsets have been bought within the first quarter of 2016 by comparability.
The report additionally breaks down the present leaders within the shopper VR area. In the primary quarter of 2017, Samsung leads the business with an estimated market share of 22 % and 490,000 shipped models. With the corporate’s Gear VR headset, together with robust content material help from builders and its partnership with the Galaxy collection of smartphones, the Gear VR advantages from a large set up base and reasonably priced hardware.
The Gear is adopted by Sony with a market share of 19 % and 429,000 models bought. Sony differs from most of the rivals available on the market in that its main headset, the $399 PlayStation VR, is solely for the PlayStation four.
Despite its rougher performance-related edges, VR has been a shocking success for Sony because of its piggybacking off of the prevailing PlayStation four set up base and flagship VR experiences that embrace Resident Evil 7 and the first-person shooter Farpoint. Earlier this week, Sony confirmed that it broke the 1 million models bought mark for the PlayStation VR despite the fact that it was simply launched final fall.
At third place is HTC’s flagship Vive headset, which holds a market share of eight.four % and moved 190,000 models for the quarter. The Vive isn’t essentially enjoying in the identical area because the PlayStation VR and Gear VR because the premium headset has movement monitoring and requires a gaming-capable pc. With its $799 price ticket, it’s additionally considerably costlier than different cellular choices. However, it’s additionally been the popular choice for builders and different corporations who need to exhibit absolutely interactive high-end VR.
Facebook and the Oculus Rift fall to fourth place for the quarter with 99,300 models and a four.four % market share. While the Rift’s numbers are comparatively modest for the quarter, it’s nonetheless a relative plus for the corporate. As UploadVR notes, the Rift moved round 240,000 models within the previous three quarters.