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VR won't grow much in 2017 due to supply constraints

Global VR headset shipments are expected to grow slowly in 2017 due to hardware supply constraints

By Anthony Garreffa from Dec 29, 2016 @ 4:22 CST

According to the latest reports from DigiTimes' industry sources, VR headset shipments are "unlikely to enjoy a high growth rate in shipments in 2017", with Oculus, HTC, Sony and more to suffer next year.


The reason? DigiTimes says "constrains in the supply of high resolution panels, high performance chips, and supporting software and firmware". Their sources added: "Most IC chips, platform products and hardware solutions currently available in the market are unable to keep up with the pace of development and hardware requirements of the VR industry, impeding makers' efforts to ramp up their shipments in 2017".

HTC reportedly shipped up to 500K Vive units this year, but are expected to hit 600K units in 2017, while Sony will ship 1.5 million PSVR headsets this year, and up to 2 .5 million PSVR headsets in 2017. Oculus, who have been going through some serious issues this year - will ship 650K units this year, and 1.2 million in 2017, according to TrendForce.


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