2018 was a surprisingly good year for VR in general and PlayStation VR in particular thanks to some great releases and solid hardware discounts. Profits were higher than predictions and PS VR became the market leader.
This is according to digital industry analysts SuperData, who also predict that the budget Oculus Quest will be part of a "make or break" year for virtual reality.
VR sales were above predictions in 2018 (up 30% year over year), meaning that the forecast to 2022 puts VR at $16.3B revenue in four years if trends continue. VR will outperform Augmented Reality headsets by 2022 by a considerable margin, though mobile AR may still outperform in software sales in the next four years.
PlayStation VR sold 700,000 in Q4 2018 alone, with Oculus Go taking the second spot with just 555,000 units sold. PS VR has become the market leader as Samsung Gear VR PlayStation VR units sold in Q4, followed by 555K Oculus Go units, then 160K Oculus Rift units and 130K HTC VIVE units. PlayStation VR overtook Samsung Gear VR to become the market leader as Samsung's headset failed to break 200,000 units sold.
With several more VR experiences already lined up for the coming year, time will tell whether Sony manage to capitalise on this momentum and ramp up the PlayStation VR marketing.
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