May’s Steam hardware survey is out and it’s showing some pretty interesting results in terms of VR early adoption. According to the stats, Valve’s HTC Vive headset is outpacing the Oculus Rift.
The survey, which Steam users can opt into, periodically takes statistics based on hardware used and May’s results show that there’s a massive rise in HTC Vive users. In April, the survey showed that 79.1% of VR users owned an Oculus Rift DK2, 4.7% owned a Rift consumer edition, and 16.2% owned the HTC Vive.
In May, these results drastically shifted with 13.9% using a DK2, 19.49% using a consumer edition Rift and 66.61% of users using the HTC Vive.
Of course this data could be considered skewed due to many HTC Vive owners use Steam to play games, whereas Oculus Rift users use the Oculus platform to choose games, though there are a few Oculus compatible games on Steam.
Adding to that, following the launch of the Oculus Rift pre-orders were severely delayed due to some manufacturing troubles, with the bulk of these pre-orders arriving in the hands of consumers after May.
It’ll be interesting to see if June’s survey offers a similar pattern, or whether Oculus Rift users have arrived in numbers.