SuperData: 6.3 Million VR Headsets Shipped in 2016 - NewsWilliam D'Angelo , posted on 06 February 2017 / 8,821 Views
6.3 million virtual reality headsets were shipped in 2016, according a report released by SuperData. 4.51 million units shipped were Samsung Gear VR headsets.
The VR industry earned $1.8 billion in revenue in 2016. Games accounted for 44 percent of the market. The average play session is just seven minutes on mobile and 12 minutes on high-end headsets.
Here is the complete list of shipment figures:
- Samsung Gear VR - 4,510,000
- PlayStation VR - 750,000
- HTC Vive - 420,000
- Oculus Rift - 250,000
"The low barrier to entry for mobile gave Samsung an edge over its other high-end competitors before the Google Daydream View came out," the report reads. "After giving away hundreds of thousands of headsets with S7 pre-orders, they were able to get devices into the hands of consumers at a critical time. Google’s new headset has been slow out the gate, coming out late last year and compatible with only the Google Pixel. However, as more phones become compatible this year it will be stiff competition for Samsung, especially since the Daydream View is $20 cheaper than the Gear VR."
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