The monthly Steam Hardware and Software Survey is scheduled for March 2019 to once again inform us about the latest usage trends on the Valve gaming platform. In March, a trend change, as the overwhelming presence of Rift on Steam, seems to be slowly sinking. The gap between HTC Vive and Oculus Rift has dropped for the first time in many months. In contrast, the Windows VR glasses remain faithful and continue to increase continuously in the number of users.
SteamVR User Stats March 2019 – Oculus Rift and HTC Vive lag behind, Windows VR eyewear continues to gain in popularity
In March, a trend spiral on Steam, for the first time in many months, the gap between top dog Oculus Rift and main competitor HTC Vive reduced on the in-house platform.
For example, the Oculus Rift posted its first small losses and reached 47.55% of user shares in March (-0.66% on the previous month).
On the other hand, the main competitor HTC Vive, which has been able to record positive growth, has made gains. At 39.55%, users are up a small percentage this month (+ 0.19% mom), while the HTC Vive Pro has posted small losses this time, dropping to 1.45% (-0.37% the previous month). Together, both VR glasses create 41% and thus reduce the distance to the Oculus Rift.
The Windows VR glasses continue their usual trend and continue to increase their user shares. At 10.57%, VR devices are posting double-digit percentage growth for the first time and once again recording growth (+ 0.61% on the previous month). The Oculus Rift DK2 is also listed at 0.88%, Oculus Rift DK1 at 0% and Huawei VR at 0%.
As always, it should be noted that participation in the survey is voluntary and therefore subject to some distortion by unrecorded figures. Within the survey, all VR glasses connected at the time of the survey are recorded on the PC.