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HTC: Death of VR Greatly Exaggerated

Accepted submission by takyon at 2018-07-26 20:26:43

HTC has hit back against claims of declining VR sales figures []:

The blog post in particular references a report from Digital Trends [] which talks about VR sales figures from Amazon, and proceeds to point out a number of ways which the data presented could be misleading.

Several points made by HTC Vive are ones that have also been addressed by VRFocus, as seen in an article about the modern VR cycle [], and some comments in the weekly VR vs. article []. HTC Vive were not pulling punches right from the very start, evening saying in the introduction: "Analyst reports are in and apparently, it's curtains for Virtual Reality (VR). Pardon us if we're not heeding the alarms. News of the so-called death of VR comes once a year and is greatly exaggerated."

From there, the blog post proceeds in a point-by-point fashion, discussing how early consumer VR was largely driven by smartphone-based devices such as the Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard. Not only have these devices been superseded by standalone units like the Oculus Go, which offer a better visual experience, but the promotional offers which were available for phone launches have now long since passed. HTC Vive also point out that PC-based VR companies are yet to release any solid sales figures, and that much of the growth of premium VR has been centered around location-based VR centres, something which the Digital Trends report did not address.

Vive blog post [].

Related: HTC's Vive Pro to Launch on April 5 []
Facebook Launches Oculus Go, a $200 Standalone VR Headset []
VirtualLink Consortium Announces USB Type-C Specification for VR Headsets []

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