February 7, 2023

Meta Quest 2 (previously Oculus Quest 2) has lengthy been the most well-liked VR headset selection on Steam. Making up just below 50% of SteamVR customers final month, the Meta standalone headset dropped considerably in September. Nonetheless, a current evaluate of Valve’s {hardware} means issues aren’t fairly as clear-cut.

All September Oculus Quest 2 The variety of Steam customers decreased by 7.86%, representing 41.39% of the SteamVR person base. Regardless of this decline, it’s nonetheless effectively forward of the Valve index, which maintains second place with a 1.77% acquire loved by 17.21% of avid gamers.

Each the Oculus Rift S and the unique Rift noticed will increase of two.88% and a couple of.42%, respectively. That is an unusually excessive bounce for 2 discontinued headsets, and could possibly be the results of potential bugs in Valve’s monitoring. In any other case, the HTC Vive posted a marginal acquire in fourth place with 7.07%.

It is value noting that these will not be the numbers we initially noticed within the August 2022 Steam {Hardware} Evaluation. Valve first recorded an 8.28% drop in Quest 2 person numbers, however up to date these stats after it was initially revealed, altering it to a 0.29% enhance. This meant that Quest 2 customers made up 49.25% of the overall SteamVR gamers. As such, the Quest 2 remained dominant because it continued to compete for the title of greatest VR headset.

In an announcement to UploadVR, Valve explains the explanations for updating the stats:

“The gear survey exhibits pure fluctuations in response charges from month to month, so some variability within the statistics is to be anticipated. Nonetheless, the jumps in Could/July and the extra class in August compelled us to take a deeper look, and we have now fastened just a few points with information assortment and evaluation, in addition to fixing the August survey outcomes web page. We anticipate to get extra correct outcomes sooner or later.”

Oculus Quest 2: SteamVR illustration with a woman presenting an outline illustration of a user playing with a headset

Improved SteamVR headset statistics.

We even have a way more detailed breakdown of VR headsets in Valve’s newest survey, with earlier experiences categorizing 15.07% of VR headsets beneath the “Different” collective entry. The identical class now solely accounts for 1.35% of gadgets in use, and the numbers for gadgets just like the HTC Vive Professional and Pico Neo 3 are actually clearer.

Regardless, this drop in person numbers might trigger Meta concern after the Quest 2 value enhance, particularly given the fierce competitors from the Pico 4. However for the reason that launch of Undertaking Cambria (Meta Quest Professional) is imminent and Oculus Quest 3 is in improvement, digital actuality lovers can maintain out for an actual next-generation expertise.

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