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VR is Taking the World by Storm: Over 1 Million Headsets Sold in Q3

ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 14,597 Valuable Player
edited December 2017 in General

As some may recall, back in 2016 the numbers for PCVR were barely approaching 1-million if we combined the estimates of both the Vive and Rift figures. And that's the total from April 2016 all the way through December.

Today, however...

For the first time since being introduced to the market, over one million (yes, that’s 1,000,000+) VR headsets flew off the shelves in a single fiscal quarter.

First thought to be a “fad” or gimmicky piece of tech, professionals within gaming and other industries are now changing their tune, touting functional VR as a technological breakthrough that could impact any number of industries and change our daily lives for the better.

When most of us think about VR we immediately default to gaming, but VR is so much more. Virtual reality is now taking a front row seat in a wide range of industries and applications, from healthcare, to education, to military and defense.


And for those of us with a competitive streak, we can see who is leading the charge:

    •    Sony – 490,000 units (or ½ of total sales volume)
    •    Oculus – 210,000 units
    •    HTC – 160,000 units


Congrats to Facebook and Oculus for maintaining their #1 spot in PCVR.

Here's the lengthy article that is worth the read:
https://www.vrbeginnersguide.com/vr-is-taking-the-world-by-storm/
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  • BeastyBaiterBeastyBaiter Posts: 788
    3Jane
    I find it amazing people are still buying the HTC set given it's price and lack of features compared to the other PCVR options. If you want the most complete system, you get the Rift. If you want better resolution or a more laptop friendly setup (no external cameras/lighthouses) then you get the Samsung Odyssey. In no situation does it make sense to get the Vive thanks to its absurd price.
  • Rob_In_PhoenixRob_In_Phoenix Posts: 344
    Trinity
    I find it amazing people are still buying the HTC set given it's price and lack of features compared to the other PCVR options. If you want the most complete system, you get the Rift. If you want better resolution or a more laptop friendly setup (no external cameras/lighthouses) then you get the Samsung Odyssey. In no situation does it make sense to get the Vive thanks to its absurd price.

    Yeah this does surprise me they remain so expensive.  Perhaps it's driven by sales to institutions rather than individual retail.  Why anyone would buy a Vive for twice the price of an Rift is beyond me.
  • Hiro_Protag0nistHiro_Protag0nist Posts: 4,813 Valuable Player
    "First thought to be a “fad” or gimmicky piece of tech,"

    I'm guessing the author is only interested in the thoughts of the media, not those of professionals.
  • Rob_In_PhoenixRob_In_Phoenix Posts: 344
    Trinity
    I'd like to hear from the "VR is just a fad" group to find out if they are still holding onto that position or if they believe differently now.

    If it's still a fad, explain the numbers.
  • BeastyBaiterBeastyBaiter Posts: 788
    3Jane
    Well to be fair, a lot of it is a fad or just gimmicky. If all you ever saw were a few crappy 360 videos and 5 minutes of Solitaire VR, you might reach the same conclusion. Obviously there is a lot more than that available, but I can see the uninitiated jumping to conclusions based off of a lackluster first experience. I read similar articles when smartphones first started popping up. I've also been reading about the death of PC gaming for the last 20 years. :lol:
  • Hiro_Protag0nistHiro_Protag0nist Posts: 4,813 Valuable Player
    Actually, the author was saying that professionals within the gaming industry... and others (professionals) were thinking it was just a fad.  I'm pretty sure many industries have been using VR for 20 years+.

    "First thought to be a “fad” or gimmicky piece of tech, professionals within gaming and other industries are now changing their tune,"
  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,108 Valuable Player
    I remember these figures coming out before. They're guesstimations, not actual sales figures. There's no way in hell that the Rift has only sold 50,000 more units than the Vive.

    The only time that we'll know definite sales figures is when either Oculus or HTC announce that they've sold over 1m units. I strongly suspect that Oculus will be the first company to announce this despite the sales that HTC have had from VR arcades in Chine and other countries in East Asia.
    "This you have to understand. There's only one way to hurt a man who's lost everything. Give him back something broken."

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  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,108 Valuable Player
    Oh, and we'll see the Rift being $299/£299 this time next year too. B)
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  • MorgrumMorgrum Posts: 1,654 Valuable Player
    Didnt I see this exact trend last mth. 
    Every post seems like Deja Vu lol.
    WAAAGH!
  • Rob_In_PhoenixRob_In_Phoenix Posts: 344
    Trinity
    Well to be fair, a lot of it is a fad or just gimmicky. If all you ever saw were a few crappy 360 videos and 5 minutes of Solitaire VR, you might reach the same conclusion. Obviously there is a lot more than that available, but I can see the uninitiated jumping to conclusions based off of a lackluster first experience. I read similar articles when smartphones first started popping up. I've also been reading about the death of PC gaming for the last 20 years. :lol:
    To me it seems we should be way past the 'it's a fad stage'.  I think people who had a lackluster experience will eventually give it another go as VR systems become more ubiquitous around the world.

    I really believe VR has enough of a foothold now and is here for keeps.  I'm curious about those who say it's still a fad what the basis for their conclusion is.  I'm open to hear about this, if there are real numbers that say VR is fading, I'd like to see them.
  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,108 Valuable Player
    Morgrum said:
    Didnt I see this exact trend last mth. 
    Every post seems like Deja Vu lol.

    Yup. And I said the exact same thing about those guesstimations last time too lol

    There's no way that the Rift has only sold 50,000 more than the Vive when it's two thirds of the price.
    "This you have to understand. There's only one way to hurt a man who's lost everything. Give him back something broken."

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  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 14,597 Valuable Player
    Apologies if this is a re-post from something similar. Too much spiked eggnog this week!

    I remember talking about how the Rift is one of the top selling units for the 3rd Quarter, but I didn't remember talking about how well VR did as a whole in those 3 months.

    I do like how this article introduced some new industries taking advantage of VR, like Dentistry!

    The Dentist Office
    VR headsets are now being employed by dentists to ease the anxiety and pain of your next office visit. A recent study published in SAGE Journals and headed by five independent UK Universities found that patients who were provided a coastal/beach scene via a VR headset reported “significantly less pain” as their counterparts not equipped with VR.


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  • MorgrumMorgrum Posts: 1,654 Valuable Player
    Oh god your a Nogger!
    Yuck!
    WAAAGH!
  • Rob_In_PhoenixRob_In_Phoenix Posts: 344
    Trinity
    Morgrum said:
    Oh god your a Nogger!
    Yuck!
    Don't be dissin' eggnog there.  I love that stuff, and I don't even add any booze to it.  But if I did, I promise to stay away from the Oculus forums.  Booze can have a detrimental effect on internal filtering.


  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,108 Valuable Player
    I've never tried eggnog, it's not a popular thing over here in the civilised world :p
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  • jayhawkjayhawk Posts: 812
    3Jane
    I find it amazing people are still buying the HTC set given it's price and lack of features compared to the other PCVR options. If you want the most complete system, you get the Rift. If you want better resolution or a more laptop friendly setup (no external cameras/lighthouses) then you get the Samsung Odyssey. In no situation does it make sense to get the Vive thanks to its absurd price.
    Agreed 99%. The 1% is even if the price was right it would still be a dumb decision IMO. Still feels like a dev kit especially considering the wands that need a charge every 4 hours with missing buttons and no thumbsticks. 
  • RedRizlaRedRizla Posts: 6,706 Valuable Player
    edited December 2017
    Morgrum said:
    Didnt I see this exact trend last mth. 
    Every post seems like Deja Vu lol.

    I agree Morgum Freeman.
  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,108 Valuable Player
    Lmfao, I've just had a couple of people on Reddit slating me for saying that 98% of the games on Steam are shite lol. Completely off-topic but I thought it was amusing! :D
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  • kojackkojack Posts: 5,605 Volunteer Moderator
    snowdog said:
    I've never tried eggnog, it's not a popular thing over here in the civilised world :p
    I woke up this morning with salted caramel coffee and baileys.


    I'd like to hear from the "VR is just a fad" group to find out if they are still holding onto that position or if they believe differently now.
    One of my coworkers (AAA game dev veteran)  told my department that VR is just a fad and a waste of money when I said that the new classroom pc's we were ordering should be at least Rift minimum spec.
  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 14,597 Valuable Player
    snowdog said:
    Lmfao, I've just had a couple of people on Reddit slating me for saying that 98% of the games on Steam are shite lol.

    98% is quite high. You should have went with 73%; that's a much easier pill for the general populace to swallow lol
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  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,108 Valuable Player
    Nah...98% is probably too low if anything lol :o :D
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  • MowTinMowTin Posts: 1,777 Valuable Player
    To be fair the Vive has room scale out the box and I still don't have room scale despite buying third sensor, sensor mounts and USB extension cables. Why I don't have time to set it up. This is a huge pain. So, Vive is a solid choice. 

    I would still buy a Rift but I'm not a fanboy about it.
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  • Hiro_Protag0nistHiro_Protag0nist Posts: 4,813 Valuable Player
    snowdog said:
    I've never tried eggnog, it's not a popular thing over here in the civilised world :p

    D'you know, i don't even know what it is - heard of it, but don't have a clue.
  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,108 Valuable Player
    snowdog said:
    I've never tried eggnog, it's not a popular thing over here in the civilised world :p

    D'you know, i don't even know what it is - heard of it, but don't have a clue.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one lmfao :D :D :D

    I know it's got egg and alcohol in it but that's as far as my knowledge goes. You always see it featured on US telly shows but I can't remember anyone during these shows letting us know what's in the bloomin things.
    "This you have to understand. There's only one way to hurt a man who's lost everything. Give him back something broken."

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  • Hiro_Protag0nistHiro_Protag0nist Posts: 4,813 Valuable Player
    "a rich, chilled, sweeteneddairy-based beverage. It is traditionally made with milkcream, sugar, whipped egg whites, and egg yolks (which gives it a frothy texture, and its name).

    Throughout Canada and the United States, eggnog is traditionally consumed over Christmas season every year, from American Thanksgiving until the end of the holiday season"

    Sounds awful.
  • RedRizlaRedRizla Posts: 6,706 Valuable Player
    edited December 2017
    MowTin said:
    To be fair the Vive has room scale out the box and I still don't have room scale despite buying third sensor, sensor mounts and USB extension cables. Why I don't have time to set it up. This is a huge pain. So, Vive is a solid choice. 

    I would still buy a Rift but I'm not a fanboy about it.

    Took me less then 30 mins to put up 3 sensors with some brackets I purchased from Amazon. That includes using 3 bits of trunking to hide the cables. How is that a huge pain lol?  
  • w_benjaminw_benjamin Posts: 180
    Art3mis
    Purchase? I drilled a hole in each of the bases they sent and screwed them to the ceiling.


  • KlodsBrikKlodsBrik Posts: 1,197
    Wintermute
    I get the feeling that a lot of the vive hype is coming from twitch with a few succesfull vrchat streamers thinking that vive is above superior to rift.

    I dont get it. I have been playing around with both before making up my mind and getting a rift.
    Only thing better about vive is slightly better optics, but having a pc powerful enough to handle supersampling at around 1.5 equals that out.
    Still wants both to be succesfull .. We need competition, and we need more vrgames and vrsoftware titles !
    Be good, die great !
  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 14,597 Valuable Player
    edited December 2017
    MowTin said:
    To be fair the Vive has room scale out the box and I still don't have room scale despite buying third sensor, sensor mounts and USB extension cables. Why I don't have time to set it up. This is a huge pain. So, Vive is a solid choice. 

    I would still buy a Rift but I'm not a fanboy about it.

    We all pick our poison, I suppose. Fanboying room-scale is still fanboying, afterall.

    But fanboism aside, what would you play with Room-Scale? Other than Onward.

    In a few short months we are about to hit the 2-year mark of PCVR, and Room-Scale launched with the Vive from the beginning. What great room-scale titles (plural - so list more than Onward) have taken the VR World by storm?
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  • BeastyBaiterBeastyBaiter Posts: 788
    3Jane
    Well there is that game about Recalling Robots that's given away for free when you buy a Rift with touch controllers... :p

    Seriously though, the biggest issue with roomscale with current PCVR is the cord. Until that is done away with, I firmly believe front facing and seated games are the way to go. And what is so complicated about plugging in a third sensor anyways? I don't have one and so can't say from experience, but it looks fairly straight forwards to me.
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