Manufacturers shipped a million VR headsets in the third quarter, according to news outlets. From a Canalys report:
Virtual reality headset shipments are showing no signs of slowing, as the quarterly total exceeded 1 million units for the first time in Q3 2017. Sony took the lead, shipping more than 490,000 PlayStation VR (PS VR) sets in Q3. It was followed by Oculus, which shipped 210,000 of its Rift headsets. HTC took third place, shipping 160,000 Vive VR units. Collectively, Sony, Oculus and HTC made up 86% of the total market in Q3 2017
The hardware is still too expensive in my opinion, but it’s hard to deny that VR peripherals are gaining considerable traction. It looks like Sony is reigning supreme at the moment, and that’s not surprising. Compared to the Vive and Oculus Rift, it has strong brand recognition, cheaper to get into, and only has one configuration to choose from. Buy a PS4 Pro and a PS VR headset and you’re good to go. The other brands, on the other hand, not so much.
Still waiting for that killer app that makes VR indispensable. I have a hunch it’s not going to come from the game world. There have been interesting games to be sure, but nothing that smashes the large-scale adoption barrier.