August’s Steam Hardware Survey Shows Continued Improvements for Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality

HTC Vive's dominance continues to slide.

Steam’s monthly user survey is once again in, showcasing the latest hardware and software trends from its millions of users. In what seems to be a continuous path over the last few month, both Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality headsets have been upping their user number over HTC Vive.

Steam hardware survey - August 2018

While not exactly massive, Windows Mixed Reality now accounts for a 7.18 percent share on Steam, up from 6.41 percent the previous month. This has likely been helped by further price reductions by manufacturers of the individual headsets.

As for the two main rivals Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, that gap is ever widening, with the former now sitting comfortably on 47.11 percent (up from 46.18 percent) while the latter has dropped to 42.58 percent (down from 44.35 percent). Both Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality certainly seem to be taking chunks out of HTC Vive’s previous dominance, helped in most part by their cheaper entry points.

Of course all this information shouldn’t be taken too seriously as the Steam Survey is purely optional to opt-in. Users who do still need to have their headsets connected to be of any relevance in the survey. Even so, those usage numbers do paint an interesting portrait of the current PC virtual reality (VR) headset market as none of them actually release official sales figures for the devices.

The same can’t be said for their biggest competitor PlayStation VR. Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) very loudly (and proudly) announced in August that over 3 million PlayStation VR’s had been sold. This probably dwarfs the amount both Oculus and HTC have sold combined, but as mentioned there’s no exact way of knowing.

The survey also showed that NVIDIA still dominates the GPU market with a 74.63 percent share. The company’s GeForce GTX 1060 still remains the most popular card on the platform with a 13.31 percent share (up from 12.50 percent last month). As Steam continues to publish further survey results, VRFocus will keep you updated.

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