Maybe it boils down to price. Maybe it’s brand recognition. Maybe it’s the future potential of games. Maybe it’s a mix of all three. Whatever the reason, PlayStation VR has crushed the direct competition in 2016.
According to a report from SuperData, PlayStation VR shipped 745,000 units, HTC Vive shipped 420,000 units and Oculus Rift shipped 355,000 units. The interesting thing here is that PlayStation VR launched this fall and only had a couple months at retail, while both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have been out since early 2016.
The really crazy point? Samsung Gear VR absolutely stomped the aforementioned three. That headset shipped 2.3m units in 2016.
Why did Gear VR do so well?
This makes sense for a bunch of reasons, really. First of all, Samsung’s been giving away Gear VR with the purchase of phones. None of the others have done that.
When they aren’t giving it away, they’re selling it for relatively cheap by comparison. PlayStation VR is the cheapest of the other headset, and it requires a PS4 and sells for $399 in base form. The current Samsung Gear VR is $99.99. Most people already have smartphones, so that’s cheaper by a long shot.
Did you dip into VR in 2016?