Why it matters: The Oculus Quest 2 has been on the market for nearly a year, establishing itself as the most widely used VR headset on Steam. This is not surprising given its attractive price tag of $300, but intriguingly it is an expensive VR device that manages to climb to the second place in the charts.
Valve revealed (via Road to VR) that its Index headset is now used by 17.5% of VR users on Steam. It replaces the discontinued Oculus Rift S, which is in third place with a 17.21% share. Facebook's Quest 2 shows its longevity as the most used VR headset with a 33.19% share.
In the case of the benchmark in particular, this is a great performance considering its high price tag. Launched over two years ago, consumers will have to pay $1,000 for a headset, because the related accessories - the console and base station - are essential to make it work.
VR users used the list in October 2020 with 17.63% - the highest ever - followed by the Rift S with 24.64% and the main Vive with 19.17%. The pricey device nearly finished in second place in January 2020, but the Oculus Quest 2 put it in place due to data entry — the $300 base models make it a very affordable option.
The Valve headset is also not discounted on its $1,000 price tag. With the fact that she is more than two years old, reaching second place is absolutely noteworthy. The company has already addressed supply issues, and demand has remained stable since mid-2019 - regularly occupying a spot among the top ten highest-paid products on Steam.
The number of users using VR headsets on Steam has increased from 1.74% to 1.8%. Given that VR headset use has changed since May, this slight increase in growth shouldn't come as a surprise. This drop could be due to no major VR games have been released since Half-Life: Alyx was released in March 2020. However, Valve could work on another headset with Deckard code.
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Another reason the tech isn't having a huge impact is its health implications. A VR developer has warned of severe visual impairment. However, as tech giants like Apple are working on their devices, emerging technology can stay here. Virtual reality may be wasting time, but Valve's next boom in the consumer hardware market is that it could change the mobile gaming landscape forever: Expectations are rising for Steam Deck, which is due for release in December. With the emergence of PC games from the shadow of the console market, the mobile gaming system of the future is looking forward to a huge success for the Nintendo Switch.
Valve's $1000 index has become the second most popular VR headset on Steam