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Worldwide Virtual Reality Hardware Market Shares, 2016: Samsung Attains Top Spot in Nascent Market

Worldwide Virtual Reality Hardware Market Shares, 2016: Samsung Attains Top Spot in Nascent Market

This IDC study examines the market share of the major vendors in the worldwide virtual reality hardware market in 2016."The virtual reality hardware market enjoyed a watershed moment in 2016 as major products from companies such as Samsung, HTC, Oculus, and Sony shipped into the market, driving substantial unit growth and beginning the technology's shift from a focus on early adopters to more mainstream users," said Tom Mainelli, IDC's VP for Devices and AR/VR. "At the close of 2016, volumes in two of the three primary virtual reality hardware categories — screenless viewers and tethered head-mounted displays (HMDs) — reached into the millions of units. In 2017, we'll see significant product launches in the third category, standalone HMDs, and competition will increase as existing players and newcomers jockey for position in this important new market."


IDC Market Share Figure
Executive Summary
Advice for Technology Suppliers
Market Share
Who Shaped the Year
Samsung
Google
Oculus
HTC
Sony
Market Context
Growth Accelerators
Maturing Graphics and Screen Technologies
Consumer and Commercial Interest
Growth Inhibitors
High Cost of Hardware
Immature Software and Services Offerings
Unknown Issues Around Physical Impact of AR/VR on Users
Significant Market Developments
Methodology
Market Definition
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