New Study Projects VR Revenue to Reach $28.8 Billion by 2026
ARtillery Intelligence publishes its five-year outlook for VR revenues.
LOS ANGELES, October 26, 2022: ARtillery Intelligence today released a new report that projects VR revenue to grow from $8.3 billion in 2021 to $28.8 billion in 2026, a 28.3 percent compound annual growth rate. Entitled VR Global Revenue Forecast, 2021-2026, the report examines VR revenue totals and subsegments – including consumer and enterprise spending.
Consumer spending (hardware and software) holds a leading share of VR revenues with an estimated $7.25 billion in 2022. This is driven by gaming’s dominance as a VR use case but will broaden to other categories over time, including entertainment and communications. Enterprise spending trails with $4.73 billion, due to relatively-narrow applicability in industrial settings.
In all cases, VR’s biggest accelerant is Meta’s ongoing investments. Though its flagship Quest 2 saw a price increase in 2022, it remains competitively priced at sub-$500 levels. This is a central piece in Meta’s longer-term strategy to build a network effect in VR by gaining early market share.
“Quest 2 has an unmatched quality/price ratio,” said ARtillery Intelligence Chief Analyst Mike Boland. “This flows from Meta’s aggressive loss-leader pricing and its drive to accelerate high-stakes metaverse ambitions. Meanwhile, it’s pushing mixed-reality limits with Quest Pro.”
But it’s not just about Meta. There are notable players in the VR competitive landscape, including Valve Index in PC VR, PSVR 2 in console-based VR, and Pico 4 in standalone VR. The latter could challenge Quest 2 with a competitive spec sheet. Meanwhile, Pico could share Meta’s ability to lower hardware costs given its deep-pocketed owner, ByteDance.
“When looking at ByteDance’s VR play through Pico, the formula involves a social media giant using ad revenue to invest in VR market share,” says Boland. “If this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s Meta’s go-to-market VR playbook. So a Meta v. Pico rivalry will be one to watch as Pico 4 penetrates the market, albeit with relative near-term content shortcomings.”
VR Global Revenue Forecast, 2021-2026 is available to ARtillery PRO subscribers, and more can be previewed here. This report follows ARtillery Intelligence’s separate examination of mobile AR and headworn AR spending.
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