It’s of no surprise that the virtual reality sector is experiencing rapid growth following the announcements of the first wave of VR headsets, and will continue to do so until 2020 according to various predictions. A new report breaks these predictions down into which of the VR headsets that are shipping, or due to ship, are likely to sell more units in America.
The report from SuperData suggests that the Playstation VR will most popular with six million consumers intending to buy the headset. The Oculus Rift follows up in second place with five million, and the HTC Vive trails at the rear with only two million expressing an interest to purchase it. The report does also note in addition to these predictions that the production for the various headsets will be unable to cope with the demand at the current rate, which is already being demonstrated with the delayed shipments of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
Around 28 percent of Americans have heard of the Playstation VR, while Oculus Rift resides at 22 percent, and only 21 percent have heard of the Samsung Gear VR, which is interesting given the launch partnership with the recently announced Galaxy S7 for Samsung. Unfortunately for HTC and Valve, the HTC Vive is at the bottom with 5 percent.
The reasoning behind the popularity of the Playstation VR could very much be down to price, with the headset coming in significantly cheaper than its competitors, as well as the large Playstation 4 user base that Sony can utilise.
However, it won’t be until October 2016 when the Playstation VR launches that we’ll see how the VR market plays out and which headset comes out on top.