Consumer devices for virtual reality may have led the way so far – but augmented reality headsets for businesses are likely to represent a bigger money-spinner over time, according to recent research from IDC.
Collectively, sales of headsets for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) applications are expected to grow tenfold to over 100 million units in 2021, from just under 10 million in 2016, say IDC analysts.
To date, virtual reality (VR) headsets have dominated device volumes. Within this category, screenless viewers powered by smartphones – the cheapest available form factor – have led the charge. The second half of 2016 saw a ramp up in volume from three highly publicized VR device products: the Sony PlayStation VR, the HTC Vive and Facebook’s Oculus Rift.