A New Reality: Triple-Digit Gains For 2017 Possible For Virtual, Augmented Reality
A recent IDC release showed worldwide shipments of AR and VR headsets surged up to 2.3 million units in the calendar year’s first quarter. And what more, the IDC is more optimistic about the prospects for the rest of the year.
The first-quarter number represented a 72-percent year-over-year growth but a 41-percent sequential decline, with the quarter-over-quarter decline reflecting a tougher comparison with the holiday quarter.
IDC attributed the year-over-year growth to the introduction of new products and the expansion in the distribution of headsets to additional countries.
Quarterly Break-Up Of VR/AR Headset Unit Sales
- Q1 2016: 1.34 million units.
- Q2: 1.70 million units.
- Q3: 2.49 million units.
- Q4: 3.87 million units.