Deliveries of AR and VR headsets in this half-year will decrease due to COVID-19, but steady growth is forecasted in the long term

IDC analysts expect global augmented reality headset (AR) and virtual reality headset (VR) shipments to decline in the first half of 2020 due to supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. The reduction in the first quarter compared to the same period in 2019 will be 10.5%, and in the second quarter – 24.1%. Nevertheless, assuming that production will resume by the middle of the year, IDC experts predict that in the second half of the year the market will catch up and in just a year about 7.1 million devices of the above categories will be shipped. This is 23.6% more than in 2019. For the period until 2024, an average annual growth of 81.5% is projected, which corresponds to the shipment of 76.7 million devices in 2024.

The largest segment is standalone VR headsets. This year their share will be 43.76%, while the share of headsets with wired connection will be 40.88%. By 2024, these figures will change to 32.92% and 13.38%, respectively. The share of standalone AR headsets over the same time will increase from 5.82% to 31.28%, and the share of wired AR headsets from 3.49% to 22.26%. The share of AR and VR headsets that do not have their own screen, now equal to 6.04%, will decrease to 0.16%.

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