Virtual reality is emerging as a computing category just like PCs and mobile devices, and VR headset shipments are booming.
As Sony’s PlayStation VR beat out the more expensive HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, VR headset shipments totaled around 2 million this year, according to research firm Canalys. That is fast growth for a market that was in its infancy last year.
Canalys’ estimates mainly include head-mounted displays with screens. It excludes headsets without displays such as Google’s Daydream View or Samsung’s Gear VR, which are shells in which mobile devices need to be attached for VR. The shipment estimates also do not include devices like Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro mobile device, which offers blended reality directly on the screen of mobile devices.