After the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, Samsung announces good results for 2016. In addition to a turnover up 1.5%, or 40.9 billion dollars, the South Korean company sold 4.3 million virtual reality headsets in 2016, according to data collected by SuperData Research. Which places the Gear VR on top of sales this year. Its competitors are far behind:
Playstation sold 745,000 headsets. Sony has therefore not reached its goal of 2 million headphones sold for 2016.
HTC Vive has sold 420,000 copies.
261,000 Daydreams were sold that same year.
At the bottom of the ranking is the Oculus Rift, bought in 2014 by Facebook. Only 243,000 copies have passed. During the F8 conference, Mark Zuckerberg announced that he wanted to focus on virtual reality. After presenting the virtual reality application “Facebook Spaces”, now available in beta on Oculus Rift, Facebook unveiled two new models for its open source Surround 360 VR camera.
The turnover of VR in 2016 reached 4.9 billion dollars. SuperData Research estimates that this year, that number would increase by 168% and almost exceed $ 40 billion in 2020.
According to the study, users of virtual reality headsets are predominantly males between the ages of 18 and 34 (37%). In this same age group, women are 26% to have adopted a VR headset. At 44%, headsets are used for games.