According to the February 2021 results for the Steam Hardware Survey, the Oculus Quest 2 is now the most popular VR headset on Steam. In January, Valve began counting the Quest 2 as its own headset, separate from the original Quest and it has skyrocketed in popularity.
The Quest 2 moved from a respectable 17.40% of total VR usage in January to 22.91% in February. This jump in usage allowed it to overtake the previous reigning champion, another Oculus product, the Rift S. The Oculus Rift S dropped down to 21.58% followed by the third most used headset, the Valve Index at 16% of the SteamVR market share.
It’s clear that the Oculus Link cable and the now official game streaming service offered by Virtual Desktop have been instrumental in bringing more users to the PC VR scene. The Quest 2 is a great choice for anyone who wants to get into VR for the first time. It allows users to experience the immersive nature of the experience without the large financial investment that other headsets require.
Personally, I am not a fan of the closed door nature of the Oculus Quest ecosystem. Even the App Lab is not the perfect response to the restrictive rules of the app store. However, if the headset is a cheap way to experience true VR and not some Google Cardboard bloatware from 2015, I am all for it.
The scariest thing to come out of the survey, is Facebooks domination of the VR market, if you combine the total percentages of all Oculus headsets being used for SteamVR, you get a total of 58%. Over half the headsets are now produced by Oculus. This could be a danger for the future of VR and the control that major corporations have over the experiences could restrict the freedoms that users have come to expect.