Meta Quest Dominates the VR Market
The Zesty stats also register a “Quest Pro” headset.
It is already widely known that the Meta Quest 2 headset is the most widely-used virtual reality headset on the market. Advertising firm Zesty has now shared a screenshot that shows just how much Meta’s current flagship headset has cemented its market dominance.
Last weekend, the co-founder of Zesty, a metaverse advertising firm, shared a screenshot that shows the number of hits from virtual reality headsets registered by the company’s WebXR content over a 24-hour period.
The @zestymarket WebXR beacons just spotted the Quest Pro in the wild 👀 pic.twitter.com/Vsi6yO8iqj
— limbofeather (@_limbofeather) August 30, 2022
This is not a comprehensive statistic as it only captures standalone virtual reality headsets with WebXR-enabled browsers, and excludes PC VR devices.
The statistic doesn’t show the number of the various headsets. However, through the approximate comparison of the distribution ratio, you can glean interesting usage information on the various headsets.
It is already known that the Meta Quest 2 headset has been more successful than the original Meta Quest and is, therefore used more widely than the original Meta Quest. The Zesty statistic shows stark differences in the user base. According to Zesty’s system records, the Quest 2 headset registered 32 times as many hits as the Meta Quest 1 over a 24-hour period. The numbers for Meta Quest 2 must also factor in the users who have switched from the older virtual reality headset.
The Meta Quest 1 headset has been around since May 2019. The Meta Quest 2 was launched in 2021 and was competitively priced and affordable in spite of containing a new chip. Quest 2 is a consumer headset widely put into entertainment uses and has so far sold millions of units.
At the same time, there is a stream of virtual reality games being released exclusively for Meta Quest 2, even by third-party developers. Meta’s proto-metaverse, Horizon Worlds, is also available exclusively on Meta Quest 2 which means the original Meta Quest’s outdated software is no longer an obstacle for quality VR experiences.
The flagship Meta game Population: One will be available exclusively on Meta Quest until the end of October. In the future, we are going to see more virtual reality apps dropping support for Quest 1 following launch. Meta wants more third-party studios to have this option which will speed up the phasing out of the Meta Quest 1 headset.
Zesty Statistics Have Registered a “Quest Pro”
An interesting appearance in the Zesty stats is the inclusion of “Quest Pro” or Project Cambria which is yet to be released and is scheduled for launch in October 2022.
Zesty’s stats also list Pico Neo 3 as well as some other unspecified devices running the Wolvic browser.
It is interesting that Zesty’s stat registered the name “Quest Pro” and the name was read directly as it is from the browser data.
There are already several indications that the premium quality Project Cambria headset will be called “Quest Pro”. If these speculations prove accurate, then the next iteration of the premium headset planned for release in 2024 will most likely be called “Meta Quest Pro 2”.