Samsung Confirms 5 Million Gear VR Mobile Headsets Sold To Date

by David Jagneaux • January 4th, 2017

Finally we have some indication of how many VR headsets are out in the wild, even if it’s only of the mobile variety. At CES 2017 today, VentureBeat reports that Samsung Electronics America chief Tim Baxter has officially stated during the company’s press event that they’ve officially sold 5 million Samsung Gear VR headsets, which are powered by the Oculus Home platform.

Baxter goes on to say that consumers have watched over 10 million hours of video.

Just last week mobile headset manufacturer Homido told UploadVR that they had sold over 500,000 of their own devices, but a leading brand like Samsung outpacing them with 10x the results should come as no surprise. Last year, Oculus stated that 1 million users had interacted with the Samsung Gear VR platform in a single month alone, making this 5 million figure a big jump in less than a single year. Amazon sales rankings indicate a big push over the holiday season likely occurred and Samsung has been known to bundle the Gear VR headsets with recent smartphone releases, such as the Galaxy S7 and now-discontinued Galaxy Note 7.

We’re still waiting on word from Facebook and HTC/Valve regarding sales numbers for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, respectively, as well as numbers from Sony regarding the PS VR. Last we heard, Sony had outsold “many hundreds of thousands” and surpassed initial expectations, which is a promising sign.

As VR continues to take a foothold among the public conscience and edge out a place in the market, big sales numbers in the multi-millions such as the Gear VR will be important not just for spurring consumer confidence, but developer confidence as well. Hopefully the success of Samsung’s mobile VR headset will result in success for the industry as a whole.

Does the 5 million number surprise you? What do you think the other headsets on the market have sold? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Hanley Leung

    why do i not believe this number? i don’t know anyone but developers that has one or uses one. unless they included their giveaways sell through vs sell in?

    • I expect that they did include those numbers. Although to your first point, I know several people personally outside of the industry that have bought all of the major headsets and the Gear VR is definitely the most popular among the casual, mainstream audience from what I’ve seen.

      • Hanley Leung

        sure but 5m is a HUGE number. at those numbers we should see people having gearVR parties and sharing it with friends and stuff all over the place.

        • Sky Castle

          5 million is actually a small number if you put it into perspective that we live in a world with billions of people. The PS4 has sold over 70 million and we don’t see that in every home either.

          • evret

            Where did you pull that number from? PS4’s official sales figures are 53.4 million as of January 1st 2017.

          • Sky Castle

            I pulled it from my awful memory, but my point remains the same.

          • 243/4Bob Carter

            small number? really, its an emerging technology. Your perspective could have been compared to how many stars are in the galaxy and you would be right but what’s the point? In the VR market it is significant

          • Sky Castle

            Why would I compare it to stars? We are talking about worldwide sales…

            You’re argument is stupid.

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        • RationalThought

          That is completely illogical my friend. The United States alone is over 340 Million…..
          This number is worldwide sales. Entirely likely you wouldn’t know anybody with one numerically speaking.

  • Dan

    I think 2017 will be a bigger year for VR headsets and as they resume to give away the Samsung VR headsets with the phone, this number will climb quickly. Especially if Samsung’s next phone will be even more VR friendly

  • Joe Timmes

    5 million over how long? what time span?