Rift/Vive Gap Widens In February Steam Hardware Survey

by Jamie Feltham • February 4th, 2019

The Oculus Rift continued to widen the gap with HTC Vive headsets in the latest Steam Hardware Survey results.

Last month Rift had a 2.82% lead over the original Vive and Vive Pro combined for the period spanning April 2018 – December 2018. This month (April 2018 – January 2019) that’s grown to a 3.81% lead. Rift is now at 47.03% (up from 46.45%) while Vive holds 40.62% (down from 40.82%). Vive Pro, meanwhile is at 2.6% (down from 2.81%). It’s not too surprising; at the start of the year Oculus cut the price of the Rift to $349. It’s very likely that this shift helped push a few more units.

But Vive was far from silent in January. Back at CES it announced two new headsets, the HTC Vive Cosmos and the Vive Pro Eye. Both are coming this year so we’ll be looking forward to seeing what impact they make on the Steam Hardware Survey. The same goes for the rumored Oculus Rift S headset.

There’s also ever-so-slight increases for Microsoft’s Windows VR headsets. The range is now at 8.94% (up from 8.89%). Will Microsoft be able to cross the 10% threshold in the coming months?

Wrapping up, 0.79% of VR Steam users are still running Oculus Rift Dk2 (really). A tiny 0.01% of the share also goes to Huawei’s VR headset.

In terms of January-specific stats, Rift grew 0.06%, Vive gew 0.04% and Windows grew 0.01%. Baby steps, as usual.

Steam’s Hardware Survey tells us the total share of VR headsets between people that opt-in. It’s not a definitive means of telling which VR headset is actually in the lead sales-wise. Neither Oculus nor HTC has shared official figures for their respective headsets yet.

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