Set your mind back to 2016. The year of 2017 was going to be a very exciting one. VR was all the craze and everyone had their hype levels through the roof in anticipation for the world of VR that we’ve all been promised for decades. Oculus, PSVR and HTC Vive were going to rule the world with their upcoming VR experiences, but after Digital Trends released a report on the decline of VR sales it’s not looking quite as rosy as it once did. HTC has now hit back, claiming that they’ve had their best sales to date.
According to HTC things are going very, very well:
Vive has paced at its highest sales velocity of all time, for weeks on end, and we sold out. For a consumer electronic product in its third calendar year, this continued trajectory is nearly unheard of. Don’t worry, though: we are ramping up production of the original Vive and units will continue to roll out to online and retail over the coming weeks.
Something else that peeved them off a little is that the report stated that the only VR unit gaining any form of ground is PSVR, by saying “That’s not a total disaster”. HTC was very quick to pull out the below graph from the intelligence firm International Data Corporation (IDC), disclosing that they are actually the market leader when it comes to VR:
Unfortunately they did not back this up with numbers, so for now, other than that chart, that’s as good as it gets. Sony, on the other hand, has disclosed that they had two million units out in the market. If that is true then HTC can’t have much more than six million headsets in hands out in the wild.
VR is still in its infancy, but right now it seems like the baby steps need to stop if it wants to dominate the world of games.