Wednesday, September 5, 2018

VR Headset Shipments Down 33.7% In Q2 2018

I'm not sure why analysts are upbeat about an industry that has at best struggled, at worst dropped 33% year over year.

Tethered VR headsets declined 37.3% in 2Q18 largely because major brands like Oculus and Sony were unable to maintain the momentum established during a period of price reductions in 2Q17. As a result, the two brands managed to ship 102,000 and 93,000 headsets respectively in 2Q18. The category leader, HTC, shipped close to 111,000 headsets (excluding the standalone Vive Focus) thanks to the growing popularity of the Viveport subscription service as well as the launch of the Pro headset.