PlayStation VR is the Primary Chunk of AMD’s 83% VR Market Share
AMD and Nvidia have been competing against each other for a good long time now, and with the introduction of devices like PlayStation VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift into the mix, the whole thing has gotten a new friction to it.
At GDC 2016, AMD was addressing the audience over its market share in terms of virtual reality head mounted displays (HMDs) when they made a rather surprising claim. The company said that they had 83 percent of a market share in VR:
According to Jon Peddie Research as of March 11, 2016, AMD is estimated as powering 83 per cent of the total addressable market for dedicated VR HMDs.
Now everyone was amazed at the growth of the company in terms of VR, but the fact of the matter is, AMD’s market share otherwise has only been stumbling around 20 percent – 21.1 percent if you refer to Q4 2015 which was the largest they could achieve in the year.
So how exactly could they claim to have a massive 83 percent market share and that too on the authority of reliable sources like Jon Peddie Research?
Well, the thing is that in contrast to what people expected, the company was also including PlayStation VR in their “addressable market” rather than the market shares of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive which are purely PC based HMDs.
So all in all, that big ship is sailing well in the VR market because of Sony and PlayStation VR. Otherwise, the market share of AMD in the field, despite being large, would not have been as high as 83 percent.