The virtual reality market in the general public, which tended to stagnate over the past three years, is promised a thunderous awakening. In 2021, it is expected to reach $ 6.4 billion (5.7 billion euros), hardware and software combined, according to an analysis by the Omdia firm, then $ 16 billion (14 billion euros) by 2026. A surge that Omdia attributes to the wave of metaverse, announced as a great revolution in our digital interactions with the promise of erasing the boundaries between the real and virtual worlds.
The manufacturers of virtual reality headsets, on which these immersive uses are based, can rub their hands together. According to Omdia, sales are expected to reach 12.5 million units in 2021, bringing the installed base worldwide to 26 million devices by the end of 2021, up from 19 million a year earlier. And this fleet will continue to expand to reach 70 million units by the end of 2026.