The latest report released by IDC on Dec. 5 shows that global VR shipments reached 1.9 million units in the third quarter, up 8.2% year-on-year, due to discounts on existing products and increased interest in new products.
IDC predicts that shipments of non-screen heads such as Samsung Gear VR will drop by 58.6% in the quarter, while VR-in-one machines will increase by 428.6%, accounting for 20.6% of the VR headset market.
According to the study, Facebook's Oculus Go and Millet's MIVR have shipped nearly 250,000 units worldwide, making them the most popular VR integrators.
Meanwhile, the second shipment of cable VR headphones exceeded 1 million units, making the third quarter of 2018 the best ever shipment. IDC said Sony's PSVR shipped 463,000 units in the quarter, followed by Oculus's 300,000 units and HTC's 230,000 units.
Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst at IDC Mobile Tracking Report, said: "The VR market is finally starting to work. On the consumer side, lower prices and increased content are beginning to resonate with users. At the same time, a series of commercial applications are increasing, including training, design and display. "
"The VR market is entering a new stage of maturity, and the company is abandoning the unrealistic expectations of explosive market growth and focusing on building more sustainable businesses," adds Tom Mainelli, vice president of IDC's project.
AR headliness also increased significantly. Lenovo, with 23,000 units, was the first to deliver, thanks largely to the prominence of Star Wars: Jedi Challenge on the consumer side. Although Microsoft's Helolens is still one of the most popular AR chiefs, its growth has slowed as the market awaits the expected release of the next generation of chiefs in 2019.