Oculus releases Rift Hardware Report – Who makes the most popular hardware for VR?

Oculus releases their Rift Hardware Report - Who makes the most popular hardware for VR?

Oculus releases Rift Hardware Report – Who makes the most popular hardware for VR?

Oculus has released a detailed hardware report for all users of their Oculus software, aggregating data from all devices which used the service over the past 28 days as of March 17th. This data is designed to give VR creators a detailed rundown on Oculus’ userbase, giving them the information that they require to make key business/development decisions.      

To be clear, this data isn’t just for users of Oculus Rift VR headsets, only users of Oculus Software on PC, which means that this will include those who use competing headsets on the platform using tools like ReVive as a compatibility layer. 

Looking at this data, we can see a trend when it comes to the hardware and software choices of VR users, with Windows 10 having 94.2% OS market share amongst Oculus users. If a developer looks at this data it seems clear that their focus should be primarily on Microsoft’s latest OS, or make Microsoft’s low-level DirectX 12 API seem more appealing to developers. 

Oculus releases their Rift Hardware Report - Who makes the most popular hardware for VR?

On the CPU side, we can see that Oculus users mostly use Intel hardware, with the i7 6700K being the most popular CPU with 9.8% market share. In total, Intel holds 89.1% of the CPU market on Oculus’ platform, with AMD holding 10.9%. AMD’s most popular GPU is their Piledriver-based FX 8350 8-core processor, which has 2.1% market share. None AMD’s new Ryzen series CPUs are on Oculus’s top 15 list. 

Moving onto graphics hardware, Nvidia holds a dominant position, with their GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 being used by 19.4% and 17.3% of Oculus users respectively. Add Nvidia’s GTX 1060 into the mix, and those three GPUs alone are used by 47.2% of Oculus’ VR playerbase. AMD does sit on Oculus’ top 15 GPU chart, occupying four places with their RX 480, RX 580, R9 390 (series) and R9 200 (series) GPUs, though these GPUs only account for a combined 5.5% of Oculus users.      

  

Oculus releases Rift Hardware Report - Who makes the most popular hardware for VR?

What Oculus shows us here is clear, Nvidia and Intel are dominant within the VR market, with AMD lagging far behind in market share. AMD will undoubtedly make some more gains over time thanks to their popular Ryzen series of CPUs. GPU-wise it is hard to see AMD making any VR market share gains soon, mostly due to the popularity of their GPUs amongst cryptocurrency miners.     

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