VR Shipments Expected to Increase by 27% Y/Y in 2018
July 23, 2018
Trendforce issued their expectations for VR unit volumes this year, projecting shipment growth of 27.4%. According to the Trendforce forecast, the industry will ship ~1m more units this year than last, which includes tethered, stand-alone, and console-based VR devices but does not include mobile (smartphone) based units.
Table 1: VR Unit Shipments
From the perspective of VR industry revenue, there are two things to consider.
Therefore, the dollar value forecast comparisons are not necessarily valid from year to year, not surprising for a relatively new CE market segment. The forecasts in the following table are all current within the last few months, although we added Est. 6, which was made in January 2016 for comparison. VR and AR both remain rapidly moving targets with a small number of players and continued technology improvements. That said, looking at the comparison between Est. 1 and Est. 6 (made 2.5 years ago) and the differences between estimates for this year, there seems to be a great deal of speculation in the numbers to say the least.
Table 2: VR/AR Market Size Estimates