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Valve Index sells like hotcakes, Oculus still dominates VR space

Published: 10:56, 29 January 2020
Updated: 10:57, 29 January 2020
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Valve Index sales went through the roof after the Half-Life: Alyx announcement and Valve apparently sold out their stock as they struggled to meet the demand. While such a sales spike is great, Oculus left everyone in the dust with its three VR sets.

Valve's announcement of Half-Life: Alyx made some fans disappointed that they will not be able to play it on PC like the previous instalments but others were just ecstatic to have another Half-Life and rushed to buy a VR set.

Following the announcement of the game, Valve sold around 103,000 VR sets after Half-Life: Alyx announcement, according to SuperData's latest report on virtual and mixed reality . Compared to the rest of the year, the sales of Valve Index were more than doubled as only 46,000 sets were sold before that. 

However, it wasn't only Valve Index that sold well in Q4 2019. PlayStation VR sold the most hardware, standing at 338,000 units sold. On the other hand, it wasn't this one that just blew the competition out of the water - it was Oculus.

Oculus Quest sold fewer units than PlayStation VR in Q4 2019, with 317,000 units but overall the company sold more VR sets thanks to the other two versions they are offering. Oculus Go sold 84,000 sets while Oculus Rift S sold 71,000. In total, it was 472,000 VR sets sold under Oculus' umbrella.

Regarding revenue, Oculus is still ahead of everyone else and Valve still comes in third place but the gap between third and second place is lower. While PSVR sold roughly 3.3 times more units, it only brought in 1.3 times more revenue. 

Sony Sony's VR headset. PSVR

This is due to the price difference between PlayStation VR and Valve Index, with Sony's hardware costing $400 while Valve Index is rather expensive, at $1,000. 

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