Steam: virtual reality is more popular than ever

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  • Steam: Valve Index and Oculus Rift S Drive VR Adoption

According to the Hardware Steam Survey for August 2019, virtual reality has never been so popular among Steam users. In total, 1,04% of platform users own a VR headset.

This percentage may seem low, but it still represents a colossal number since Steam has 90 million users per month. If we look at the results of the survey in detail, this growth seems mainly driven by the success of the Oculus Rift S and Valve Index.



Steam: Valve Index and Oculus Rift S Drive VR Adoption

Indeed, the Oculus Rift S now represents 11% of VR headsets used on Steam. On its own, it unites more players than all Wndows Mixed Reality headsets combined which only accumulate 8% of the number of Steam users. A remarkable feat, knowing that the Rift S has only been available since May 2019 while Windows MR headsets have been on the market for almost two years and have been the subject of numerous successive price cuts.

For its part, the Valve Index went from 1,5% of total users in July 2019 to 3,3% in August 2019. Despite Valve's initial difficulties in meeting high demand, this new high-end VR headset appears to be enjoying great success among VR fans. In turn, it could soon surpass Windows Mixed Reality headsets.


La virtual reality is still far from being democratized, but we can see that the industry is on the right track. Over the course of technological improvements and price reductions, this immersive technology should continue to gain ground ...




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