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Oculus Rift overtakes HTC Vive for the first time according to Steam

Published: 19:41, 05 March 2018
Photo of the Oculus Rift VR headset on a blank background.
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Ever since their launches in 2016, HTC Vive and Oculus have been duking it out for the title of the most successful VR headset. The HTC Vive has been leading for the past two years, but the Oculus Rift has now turned the tables.

According to Steam's hardware surveys, Oculus Rift has been trailing behind HTC Vive, but has also been catching up to its rival for months now. The survey from January 2018 showed Vive is being used on only 0.9 per cent more rigs than the Rift was. This culminated with the February 2018 survey where Oculus Rift finally took the leading spot in the VR race with a 1.93 per cent advantage.

While this is still a very close race, this marks the first time Rift took the lead over Vive. These numbers only reflect only an estimated usage of each headset due to the way Steam conducts their hardware surveys. Steam picks machines to survey at random and even then surveys happen only if the machine's owner agrees to it. 

Valve Screenshot of a Steam hardware survey chart showing there are more Oculus Rift users than HTC Vive ones. Steam hardware survey - 47.31 per cent people prefer to see their waifus on Oculus Rift.

Steam hardware surveys are still the closest thing we can get to real usage statistics since neither HTC or Oculus are revealing their VR headset sale numbers. The reason behind these numbers swaying into Rift's favour is likely its price tag of £499 compared to Vive's £599. 

Meanwhile, HTC are looking to jump further into the high end dimension by adding the new HTC Vive Pro to its roster. It has dual OLED display with higher resolution and an integrated pair of headphones in order to keep the headset's audio top notch. It has been that this headset will have a higher price than any consumer product.

HTC Photo of the HTC Vive headset with controllers on a blank background. HTC Vive

Below the top of the chart you can find Windows Mixed Reality that's trucking away with its humble 5.36 per cent share of the market. It is not much but it is still an increase over the last month's 5.17 per cent.

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