The Quest 2 VR headset is one of the best around, offering solid specifications and a wireless VR experience at a sensible price. Over the course of November and December, Meta ramped up on promotions for the Quest 2 and enjoyed a boost in sales. Now, we are seeing this reflected in the latest Steam Hardware Survey, with the headset accounting for nearly half of all VR headsets used on Steam.
The Steam Hardware Survey has been updated with results from January 2022 and as usual, there are some interesting stats that jump out to us. The Meta Quest 2 (formerly known as the Oculus Quest 2), now has a 46.01% market share on Steam, easily beating all other tracked VR headsets by a wide margin. The second most popular HMD on Steam is Valve's very own Index, which is only used by 14.36 percent of VR gamers on the platform.
The last PC-only VR headset that Oculus/Facebook/Meta will ever release, the Rift S, has also declined a bit as users transition over to the Quest platform. The Rift S has declined to 13.10% market share, but it still maintains a healthy lead over the original HTC VIVE.
The HTC Vive was once the most popular headset on Steam, enjoying similar levels of market share to the Quest 2 right now. However, over the years the system has dropped down the rankings and now accounts for 7.31% of VR headsets on Steam. The original Oculus Rift has also dropped significantly, sitting at 4.18 percent. Meanwhile, the entire roster of ‘Windows Mixed Reality' headsets, which includes HMDs from a number of companies like HP, Samsung, Lenovo and others, are used by just under 5% of Steam users.
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KitGuru Says: Right now, the Quest 2 continues to be the best buy in the VR market from a price to performance standpoint, so this massive gain in users on Steam makes perfect sense. Have any of you picked up a VR headset in the past year? Did you go with a Quest 2, or did you opt for another brand?