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News Sony takes a massive lead in VR charge, TrendForce claims

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  1. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    ... Has made up some numbers again. You would have equally valid number consulting the Magic 8-Ball.
     
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    it is hardly what I'd consider to be surprising news. It is cheaper and requires a PS4, which is a fraction the cost of a gaming PC, much less a "VR-ready" one. Heck, I think the PS4 is cheaper than just a VR-suited video card. Add the populace at large's general preference for dedicated consoles over more general-purpose machines, and... the end result is obvious.
     
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    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Yeah, that's in the article. Opening paragraph:
    The more interesting thing, I think, is the prediction that Oculus will shoot out ahead of HTC in 2017 to sell twice as many units. From chatter on the ground, I was of the impression that the Vive was the more popular of the two.
     
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    fix-the-spade Well-Known Member

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    Market projections that espouse the status quo don't draw much attention.

    On a less cynical note, with all the money Facebook has put into VR sooner or later they are going to make a big marketing push to get headsets into use for things other than gaming. Whether that's 'VR esperiences,' industrial application or aggressive price cuts I wouldn't like to guess, but they won't want to have it be a thing they do in the background for long.
     
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    Would not be a big suprise if psvr had a decent sales lead.
     
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    I believe the Vive was winning the popularity war because it launched with tracked motion controllers. Now that Touch is out Oculus have turned the corner. Having used both my own opinion is that Rift + Touch is just that little bit better in every area except roomscale where it works but is more fiddly (and more costly if you go three sensor) to get right than with the lighthouse tracking system.
     
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    The Vive also had a bit of an advantage in that Valve was pushing it in Steam. All the major VR headsets available are pretty tightly focused on games, so selling Vive at THE place to buy PC games is going to give it an edge over everything else that isn't a Playstation accessory.
     

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