Valve Revamps Steam Survey to More Accurately Count VR Headsets



Valve’s lengthy operating Steam Survey has been some of the clear knowledge sources for gauging which VR headsets are essentially the most used. Now the corporate says it’s revamping the best way it collects knowledge to extra precisely depend VR headsets in use on Steam.

Though Steam represents simply one in all a number of main VR platforms, it’s the one one of many bunch that transparently presents knowledge about which VR headsets customers are utilizing by way of the Steam Survey which collects knowledge about hardware utilized by the Steam inhabitants. The information helps builders and the remainder of the VR business perceive vital tendencies which might inform improvement, advertising and marketing, assist, and extra. Our final main evaluation of the Survey knowledge is right here.

Valve tells Highway to VR that it’s revamping the best way it collects knowledge about VR headsets used on Steam, which ought to enhance the accuracy of the figures within the Survey. The corporate says that each wi-fi and fewer frequent headsets will now be represented within the knowledge.

Beforehand, the corporate defined, VR headsets have been counted by the Survey provided that they have been plugged in by way of USB on the time the information was collected. The brand new methodology will enable SteamVR to report back to the Survey any headsets which were utilized by the system within the final month, no matter whether or not they’re plugged in on the time of knowledge assortment.

Valve expects the change will end in a bump within the variety of headsets counted within the survey. Whereas the change in knowledge assortment hasn’t occurred but, Valve has already tweaked the Survey in a method that reveals headsets getting used on Steam which by no means beforehand appeared within the knowledge, together with Pimax headsets and PlayStation VR (which can be utilized with Steam by way of some third-party workarounds).

We’ll see the largest modifications when the Survey rolls over to the following month; finally depend, it reveals that 1.01% of Steam customers used a VR headset in February.