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Oculus and PlayStation VR Jockey Atop the Virtual Reality Market

October 04, 2019 / ROB MARVIN

The virtual reality (VR) headset market has been chugging along at a steady if uninspiring pace over the past few years as manufacturers work out the kinks standing between the still-developing technology and wide mainstream adoption. According to marketing intelligece firm Trend Force, global VR headset shipments grew 25 percent between 2017 and 2018, to 4.65 million units, and are expected to grow by 29 percent in 2019. Sony's PlayStation VR still leads the market, but Facebook's growing line of Oculus headsets is close behind. According to Trend Force and Statista, Sony's estimated market share has dropped from 43 percent in 2018 to 36.7 percent in 2019. Conversely, Facebook's has risen from 19.4 percent to an estimated 28.3 percent as popular new Oculus products like the Oculus Go, Oculus Rift S, and Oculus Quest enter the market. Facebook has big plans for VR in 2020, announcing a multiplayer VR interface linking various Oculus devices in a VR world where they can ...