According to a new report by market research firm Canalys, the United States was the top virtual reality market in the world this past quarter. The report shows that 40 percent of all virtual reality headsets shipped globally were shipped in the United States. This goes to show that the United States is a world leader in the adoption of virtual reality technologies.
The report from Canalys indicates that in the January-March quarter of 2017, the United States accounted for 40 percent of all virtual reality headsets shipped across the globe. Sony’s PlayStation VR dominated VR shipments in the United States as it accounted for 60 percent of the market share in Q1 2017.
Japan came in second place with 14 percent. The report mentions an interesting fact, 9 out of 10 VR headsets shipped in Japan were accounted for by the PlayStation VR. Sony is experiencing strong demand for its headset in its home market and it’s having to try and fill demand gaps across the country.
China came in third place with 11 percent of all VR shipments in the first quarter of this year. HTC leads the VR market in China as it shipped 15,000 units of the Vive VR headset in the People’s Republic.
Analysts at the firm say that the key drivers for virtual reality are gaming and entertainment. They also see an opportunity for companies working in this space to promote virtual reality technologies in the education sector.