The typical virtual reality (VR) headset owner spends only about 6 hours a month using their device, according to a new IDC Report. The top 12% of most active users reported 16 or more hours of monthly usage, but 65% reported fewer than 5 hours of monthly usage.
The report was based on 5 localized surveys conducted in the United States, Japan, United Kingdom, France, and Germany in the holiday quarter. The market research company queried a total of 1,643 users of that high-end VR headsets, including PC-based headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive as well as PlayStation VR.
Overall, respondents were happy with their VR hardware, reporting an average user satisfaction rate of 7.5 on a 1 to 10 scale — about the same grade users have given smart watches.
It’s worth noting that the report was sponsored by Sony, but a general preference for PlayStation VR isn’t totally unexpected, and mirrors buying behavior. Sony has said that it has sold more than 4.2 million PlayStation VR headsets. Oculus and HTC have yet to release sales figures, but these numbers are widely expected to be significantly lower.
Source: Roettgers, J. (2019, May 10). VR Headset Owners Only Use Their Devices Six Hours a Month on Average. Variety.
Editor’s Note: IDC VR report sponsored by Sony.