The July 2019 Steam Survey may point out that roughly 10% of VR customers on Steam use an Oculus Rift S or Valve Index. The Rift S was launched in late Could, and the Valve Index was launched in late June.

Steam Hardware Survey

Steam Hardware Survey

The Steam Survey is obtainable to a random pattern of Steam customers each month. It sends again a report of the pc’s elements and peripherals to Valve. This knowledge is aggregated right into a month-to-month report displaying the share of Steam customers with a given sort of hardware. This knowledge is beneficial for builders to know what specs to focus on of their video games.

Amongst this knowledge is a class displaying which VR headsets Steam customers have related. For the previous two years the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have topped this listing, with Home windows MR headsets (mixed) in a distant third.

However this month a brand new entry, merely labelled ‘Unknown’, has jumped to equal footing with the Home windows MR headsets. On condition that the Oculus Rift S and Valve Index each launched up to now few months but will not be listed within the Survey, it appears extremely doubtless that ‘Unknown’ consists of both the Rift S, Valve Index, or each. Valve could not have but up to date the Survey to assist these headsets.

Each the Rift S and Valve Index offered extra models than provide may sustain with. The Rift S offered by way of its first week of inventory after simply 4 days of preorders. The Valve Index was backordered for over three weeks after launch.

Worryingly nonetheless, these positive aspects didn’t develop the general utilization of VR headsets on Steam. The ‘Unknown’ class is balanced out by decreases within the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. This may point out that the preliminary wave of Rift S and Index purchases are largely from current VR customers upgrading, slightly than new VR customers leaping in to the market.

For Microsoft and its companions, if the Rift S and Index actually did match the utilization share of all Home windows MR headsets mixed after just some months, this might be disheartening information for the Home windows MR platform. WMR headsets, which largely launched round $399, noticed reductions as deep as $200 and even $150 for a lot of 2018.