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HTC Reveals Vive Pro 2 & Vive Focus 3 At Vivecon 2021

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New hardware and business-focused software announced during the first-ever Vivecon 2021 event. The HTC VIVE Pro 2 and the VIVE Focus 3 are designed to appeal to professionals such as architects and designers, as well as gamers who expect top-tier VR experiences. Image Credit: HTC.

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Oculus Rift Pulls Ahead Again In December Steam Hardware Survey

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I was half expecting to write that the combined power of the Vive and Vive Pro had allowed HTC to regain the top spot it once held for so long in December’s Steam Hardware Survey. Turns out the opposite is true; the Oculus Rift gained ground this month. HTC looked like it had Oculus on the ropes. HTC focused on Pro for its Black Friday promotion and Oculus cut $50 off of the Rift.

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Corrected December Steam Hardware Survey Shows Large Oculus Rift S Growth

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At the start of this month, we reported that the December Steam Hardware Survey seemed to be anomalous. On further inspection, the likely cause was clear: the number of Chinese users on the Hardware Survey has increased by more than any other month this year.

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Steam Hardware Survey Revamped, Will Be Reliable Estimate Of PC VR Headset Ownership

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Valve revamped the VR section of the Steam Hardware Survey to support all PC VR headsets. The Steam Hardware Survey is offered randomly to a portion of Steam users each month.

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Oculus Rift Increases Lead Over HTC Vive In March Steam Hardware Survey

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March’s Steam Hardware Survey results are in, and the Oculus Rift continues to increase the gap with the HTC Vive. As always, we have to point out that this is not definitive proof that Rift is outselling Vive; Steam’s hardware surveys are entirely optional and there are a number of factors that could drastically alter the results. Will the 3K display help HTC get back in front?

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5 Oculus Quest Hardware Mods for Better Comfort

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Oculus Quest is an awesome achievement in engineering; no other standalone VR headset offers the quality, rock solid positional tracking, ease of use, and competitive price point as Quest. The post 5 Oculus Quest Hardware Mods for Better Comfort appeared first on Road to VR.

Rift S Boosts Oculus, Index Starts Small In July Steam Hardware Survey

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Late last week we reported on initial findings from the July Steam Hardware Survey. But Valve has since updated its listings to finally include the Oculus Rift S and its own Index headset. Obviously, we know the Steam Hardware Survey isn’t entirely dependable (it’s only an optional survey for Steam users), but to see the new Oculus headset catch up so quickly to an entire line of VR devices that have been available for a few years is surprising indeed.

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What’s The Deal With The HTC Vive Air?

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Newly leaked images tease a fitness-focused VR headset from HTC, but is this sneaker-like hardware even real? It was discovered earlier today that HTC has won an award IF Design Award for a never-before-seen VR headset, the HTC Vive Air.

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Rift/Vive Gap Widens In February Steam Hardware Survey

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The Oculus Rift continued to widen the gap with HTC Vive headsets in the latest Steam Hardware Survey results. It’s not too surprising; at the start of the year Oculus cut the price of the Rift to $349. Back at CES it announced two new headsets, the HTC Vive Cosmos and the Vive Pro Eye. Both are coming this year so we’ll be looking forward to seeing what impact they make on the Steam Hardware Survey.

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Oculus Rift/HTC Vive Gap Widens In August Steam Hardware Survey Results

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August’s Steam hardware survey results are now in , and the Oculus Rift takes its biggest leap over the HTC Vive yet. Could the launch of Oculus’ Marvel: Powers United VR bundle have given the headset a boost in any way? The Hardware Survey is an optional survey that collects data about the hardware customers are using. Since launching in early 2016 neither Oculus nor HTC has provided official sales data for their respective headsets.

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Vive Closes In On Rift In May Steam Hardware Survey

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It’s the start of a new month so you know what that means; the latest Steam Hardware Survey is in. Once again the gap between the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive family of headsets has decreased. It looks like Oculus may have handed HTC this month’s results on a silver platter. Back in March Oculus started winding down Rift sales in preparation of the launch of the Rift S later in May. The difference has really allowed HTC to catch up.

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Oculus Headsets Pass 50% Market Share In September Steam Hardware Survey

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Oculus headsets now make up more than 50% of VR headsets on Steam, according to the September Hardware Survey. They have only ever crossed this landmark twice in the past- before the launch of the original HTC Vive in early 2016, and before the launch of the Vive Pro and Windows MR in 2017, just after the Rift was cut to $399. The gains are driven by sales of the Oculus Rift S , which jumped from 10.85% in August to 13.03% last month.

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Mark Zuckerberg Explains Facebook’s Low Cost Hardware Strategy

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In an in-depth interview with The Information Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained why Apple, HTC, Valve, HP and other companies might have trouble competing with the tech giant on price in VR and AR.

Rift Loses More Ground To Vive In November Steam Hardware Survey

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The Oculus Rift’s lead over the HTC Vive family of VR headsets in Steam’s monthly hardware survey is now the smallest it’s been in some time. The recent introduction of HTC’s enhanced Vive Pro headset to the survey has proved troubling for Rift’s perceived majority market share. Both Vive and Vive Pro both saw marginal growth this month whereas Rift surrendered more of its share to HTC and other companies.

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A Mystery HTC VR Headset Appears In FCC Filings

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A newly public FCC Test Report uncovered by Road to VR shows that HTC, the company behind Viveport and the Cosmos Elite VR headset, has recently submitted a new filing for what looks to be a new VR headset that would expand HTC’s lineup of immersive tech hardware.

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HTC Announces Vive Pro 2 For Consumers & Vive Focus 3 For Businesses

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As expected, HTC announced not one but two new VR headsets at its ViveCon virtual event today: the HTC Vive Pro 2 and the HTC Vive Focus 3. HTC Vive Pro 2. As with the original Vive Pro, HTC is selling Vive Pro 2 in two different forms. HTC Vive Focus 3.

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Rift S Surpasses Windows MR, Index Doubles In August Steam Hardware Survey

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The Oculus Rift S is now used by more Steam users than all Windows MR headsets combined, according to the August Steam Hardware Survey. It may be that consumers did not feel the low prices were worth compromises in hardware quality, particularly tracking and controllers. It could, however, also be related to Microsoft’s weak branding of ‘Windows Mixed Reality’ which may have not had the same strength as Oculus and SteamVR.

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Oculus Quest Use On Steam Continues To Grow In June Hardware Report

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The percentage of SteamVR users using an Oculus Quest grew 1.42% last month, an increase from 7.46% of users in May to 8.87% in June, according to Valve’s data. The survey scans components of your PC and uses SteamVR device logs to gather data on Steam users’ hardware.

Oculus Rift Surpasses HTC Vive in Steam Majority Market Share for the First Time

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According to Valve’s February Steam hardware and software survey, the Oculus Rift is now the most used VR headset on the Steam platform, taking the market share of VR headsets on Steam with a near 2% lead over its competitor HTC Vive. The latest results for the month of February show the Vive losing 1.58% marketshare since January’s survey, which, combined with Rift’s gain of 1.22%, shows Oculus’ headset taking majority hold on the platform.

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Oculus To Host First-Ever VR Gaming Showcase Next Week

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In a post released yesterday via the official Oculus blog , the company announced its first-ever Oculus Gaming Showcase, an upcoming live stream event that will center entirely around gaming on the Oculus platform. Image Credit: Oculus. Feature Image Credit: Oculus.

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Rift/Vive Gap Shrinks In June Steam Hardware Survey Results (Sort Of)

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but June’s Steam Hardware Survey results are in. The Oculus Rift still leads the charge with 44.12% of the overall VR headset usage on Steam. Pairing the 40.76% share that HTC Vive has with the 1.66% share of the Vive Pro, HTC is at 42.42%. We still don’t know if this month’s results include the Oculus Rift S in its findings. Oculus stopped selling the original Rift months ago now in preparation for Rift S launch.

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HTC Vive Increases Lead Over Rift Again In Post-Black Friday Steam Hardware Survey

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The HTC Vive has managed to buck a troubling trend from the past few months in the latest Steam hardware survey. All that said, it’s important to note that hardware survey results aren’t an entirely dependable way to judge sales of the Vive against the Rift. HTC Vive Oculus Rift VR Industry NewsNovember’s survey results , which Steam users opt into, are now in.

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Rift And Index Shrink Slightly, Vive Grows In October Steam Hardware Survey

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Oculus Rift headsets and the Valve Index have surrendered a tiny share of overall VR headset usage to HTC Vive in October’s Steam Hardware Survey. It’s easily the slowest month of growth for the headset since the Steam Hardware Survey started following it. Combine that with 0.37% usage of DK2 and 33.07% usage of the standard Rift and total Oculus usage on Steam comes to, amazingly, 49.99%. The answer is the HTC Vive platform.

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Facebook Investing ‘Billions’ Each Year On Hardware, AR Glasses Planned For 2023 With New OS

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While it’s obvious that Facebook heavily invests in virtual reality with its Oculus brand, The Information reports that this investment is to the tune of billions per year. AR Facebook Android ar AR glasses facebook facebook AR facebook vr oculus Oculus Quest top stories VR

Rift/Vive Gap Shrinks In June Steam Hardware Survey Results (Sort Of)

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but June’s Steam Hardware Survey results are in. The Oculus Rift still leads the charge with 44.12% of the overall VR headset usage on Steam. Pairing the 40.76% share that HTC Vive has with the 1.66% share of the Vive Pro, HTC is at 42.42%. We still don’t know if this month’s results include the Oculus Rift S in its findings. Oculus stopped selling the original Rift months ago now in preparation for Rift S launch.

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Zuckerberg: Oculus Quest Pro Could Bring Face & Eye Tracking

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat down with CNET for an interview where he speaks about the company’s progress on its next generation of VR devices, namely what it might include in the ‘Oculus Quest Pro’ standalone headset.

Oculus’ Rubin: Price Point, Better Hardware And Patience ‘Sets Rift Up To Win’

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Oculus has had a few stumbles since it launched the Rift VR headset just over a year ago now. In a recent interview with MCV reflecting on the first year of VR, Rubin acknowledged that the Facebook-owned Oculus “could have done better” during the Rift’s first year of consumer availability, but pledged things were on the mend. No hardware manufacturer in my memory has given away as much software for free as Oculus has in its first year.”

Marginal Shifts For Rift/Vive In September Steam Hardware Survey

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September’s Steam Hardware Survey doesn’t see much change in VR headset usage on the platform. It’s the poor Oculus Rift DK2 that suffers the most from these increases, falling from 1.18% last month to 1.11% this month. Oculus did tell us that Rift was selling ‘really well’ at Connect last week but we don’t really have any way of telling what that means. HTC Vive Oculus Rift VR Industry News htc vive oculus rift

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HTC Vive To Release ‘Next-Gen Standalone’ Headset In 2021, But Not A Quest Competitor

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A new, “next-genetation HTC Vive standalone headset will release in 2021. Alvin Wang Graylin, President of Vive in China, revealed as much in an interview with TeliportMe last month (as spotted by Nathie ), two weeks before HTC itself teased a possible new hardware reveal.

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Oculus Quest 2 Is Now The Most-Used VR Headset On Steam

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Nearly 5 months after launch, Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 is the most used VR headset on Steam. That is according to the February 2021 results for the Steam Hardware Survey. Valve’s Index headset comes in at third with 16% and the original HTC Vive follows at 13.05%.

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Oculus Rift Increases Lead Over HTC Vive in Steam Majority Market Share

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Valve’s monthly Steam hardware and software survey is out, and it appears Oculus Rift is still gaining momentum over HTC Vive on the Steam platform as the number one VR headset among Steam users. Each month, Valve runs the survey among Steam users to determine some baseline statistics about what kind of hardware and software is used by the user population, and to see how things are changing over time; that includes which VR headsets are connected to users’ computers.

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Vive Pro Hardware Review: For VR Buyers With Deep Pockets

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Two years ago HTC Vive beat Oculus Rift to market with a more complete package, helping inspire developers who were able to create groundbreaking virtual worlds in which people could use their hands to interact and feet to move around larger spaces. Facebook’s Oculus Rift costs just under $480 for a similar room-scale setup (i.e. When asked, HTC said this is a known issue on “some titles” and they are working with “both developers and our engineering team to address.”

Oculus Rift Overtakes HTC Vive In Steam Survey For First Time

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For the first time ever since the launch of both headsets in early 2016, the Oculus Rift has overtaken the HTC Vive on the monthly Steam hardware survey. The survey is entirely optional and scans a user’s PC for various hardware components, including any VR headsets that may be connected. However, February saw Oculus step past HTC; Rift took 47.31% of the total hardware usage and Vive fell to 45.38%, leaving just under 2% between them.

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Rift, Vive Barely Move In July’s Steam Hardware Survey

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Last month’s charts showed Oculus Rift pull slightly ahead of the HTC Vive with 46.26% of the overall usage compared to the latter’s 44.56%. Still, seeing as Oculus and HTC haven’t revealed any kind of official sales figures, it’s the best we’ve got at trying to gauge the market right now. HTC Vive Oculus Rift VR Industry News htc vive oculus riftThe share of VR usage on Steam barely shifted in July 2018.

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Vive, Windows VR Gain Ground, Rift Shrinks In Latest Steam Hardware Survey

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Newer VR headsets like the HTC Vive Pro and Windows VR headsets are the winners in the October Steam Hardware Survey results. HTC’s enhanced VR headset, which Valve started listing on the survey last month , grew from 2.03% to 2.27% of overall VR headset usage following October. That’s not a huge amount but, when you add it to the standard Vive’s total, which grew from 42.36% to 42.7%, HTC is on 44.97%.

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Black Friday Deals for HTC Vive & Oculus Rift

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Now with major high-end VR systems available on the market, we would expect there to be some serious discounts on hardware during the busiest shopping day of the year — Black Friday. 100 Gift Code With Oculus Rift. Black Friday may be a great time to pick up an Oculus Rift. The Microsoft Store will be giving $100 gift codes with the purchase of the Oculus Rift. The Oculus Store Wallet code will be emailed within 10 days of purchase.

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