Jan 06, 2017 Business & Finance Comments Off on Sony, Oculus, HTC forecast to maintain dominance in VR market
Japan's Sony Corp., California-based Oculus VR and Taiwan's smartphone vendor HTC Corp. (???) are expected to continue to dominate the global virtual reality headset market in 2017, the Topology Research Institute (???????) said Friday.
In a research report, Topology, a research division of Taipei-based market advisory firm TrendForce Corp. (??), said that Sony's PlayStation VR is expected to rank as the best selling VR headset in the world this year on hopes that the Japanese firm will ship 2.5 million units of its PS VR in 2017, up from an estimated 1.5 million units in 2016.
Coming in second, Oculus VR is expected to sell a total of 1.2 million units of the Oculus Rift headset in 2017, up from 650,000 units expected for 2016, while the next biggest player HTC could ship 600,000 units of the HTC Vive this year, up from 460,000 units forecast for last year.
Other VR headset vendors are forecast to ship a combined 800,000 units of their devices in 2017, up from 300,000 units estimated for 2016.
HTC is keen to broaden its product portfolio at a time when its smartphone business has encountered escalating competition, and the Vive is one of HTC's gambits to diversify away from its core smartphone market in the hope of generating a new revenue stream to turn around its money-losing business.
For 2017, Sony, Oculus, HTC and other VR headset brands are expected to sell 5.1 million units altogether, up more than 75 percent from a year earlier, Topology said.
In 2018, sales will likely rise further to 8.2 million units, the research group said.
Tsai Cho-shao (???), an analyst with Topology, said in the research note that international brands are gearing to come up with more applications for their VR devices in a bid to attract more consumer purchases.
In addition to gaming, Tsai said, these suppliers have demonstrated their VR devices offer a wider range of applications, such as traveling, logistics and drones in the on-going Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which kicked off Thursday and will run through Sunday in Las Vegas.
The analyst said that the brands have made efforts in integrating their VR technology with augmented reality (AR) to boost their devices' visibility.
He said that Sony, Oculus and HTC will likely upgrade their VR devices and their next generation products are scheduled to go on global sale in 2018.
According to Topology, the production value of the global VR business in both hardware and software is expected to hit UT$3.4 billion, and the figure will rise to US$22.4 billion by 2020.
Jointly developed by HTC and U.S. video games supplier Valve, the HTC Vive was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) show in March 2015 and went on global sale in April 2016.
The headset is equipped with tracked controllers that allow wearers to inspect objects from every angle and interact with their surroundings.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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