Sony PlayStation VR outsells HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

VR headsets in general are expected to sell a ton in 2020
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The year's almost done and numbers are adding up as research analysts make sense of how well VR headsets did. It seems PlayStation VR has done a swell job though its competitors aren't too far behind.

According to Canalys, Sony has reportedly sold over 800,000 shipments in less than three months. It could have pushed out even more headsets - initial estimates were for around 1.4 million sales - but there's been a bump in the manufacturing road.

Due to "problems making its OLED displays," Sony hasn't advertised PS VR as much this holiday season since it can't meet the demands.

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HTC Vive on the other hand, has definitely taken advantage of holiday discounts, especially over Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Due to those sales, Canalys believes HTC has been able to sell around half a million units total in 2016. This puts the Vive in second place as the most sold VR device.

Coming in third is Facebook owned Oculus Rift. With the new Oculus Touch controllers now out, the analyst firm says sales of Rift will reach almost 400,000 shipments this year.

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Competition aside, it appears the virtual reality industry is on a good track. Canalys predicts headset shipments will surpass 2 million units worldwide by the time the year's over, with the number jumping to 20 million by 2020. This is only counting PC tethered VR headsets and not mobile VR. However, the likes of Samsung Gear VR, Google's Daydream View and more have also shipped their share of units in the millions.

That's good news for all of us VR fiends - it means we'll keep getting more games, experiences and polished iterations of hardware to keep us happily immersed.

Sony PlayStation VR outsells HTC Vive and Oculus Rift


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