Newzoo predicts VR video games income will double by 2024


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Newzoo launched a brand new report this week, forecasting the close to way forward for the digital actuality market, each for {hardware} and video games. Amongst different findings, the evaluation predicts that VR video games income might rise to $3.2 billion by 2024, with as many as 46 million lively headsets in use.

Extra particularly, Newzoo predicts that the VR market will hit $1.8 billion in 2022, with 27.7 million headsets in use. Standalone headsets and cloud streaming are making video games extra accessible, in keeping with the evaluation, as is help for VR by fashionable recreation engines.

Notably, Newzoo notes that gaming continues to be the highest use case for digital actuality. Attending digital occasions or touring — maybe the form of use circumstances that presage metaverse adoption — are additional down the checklist. The report additionally finds that 73% of headset customers surveyed listed considered one of their high hobbies as taking part in video video games.

As for video games, the most well-liked genres look like journey video games, shooters and sim titles. Titles like Strolling Lifeless: Saints and Sinners, No Man’s Sky, Boneworks and Microsoft Flight Simulator present a cross-section of the platform’s hottest titles.

The renewed curiosity in VR

Newzoo attributes VR’s present rise and its predictions to some components. First, VR rode the identical pandemic-induced growth as the remainder of gaming. Second, Meta’s launch of the reasonably priced Quest headsets provided customers an economical technique of taking part in VR video games. These headsets additionally work with out every other {hardware}, reminiscent of a expensive, highly effective PC.

Third, Newzoo credit a VR “killer app” for transferring {hardware} items. Particularly, it names Half-Life: Alyx, which it says leverages the facility of a serious triple-A franchise. Personally, I might name a recreation like Beat Saber a VR killer app earlier than Half-Life: Alyx, if solely as a result of it’s out there on the wi-fi headsets that Newzoo praised for accessibility.

In 2023, PlayStation plans to launch its PS VR2 headset for PS5 customers, alongside a number of new unique video games. Meta additionally just lately launched the Quest Professional headset. Both of these might get extra avid gamers into VR, although Newzoo additionally notes the rise of firms like Pico.

It’s value noting that Newzoo claims the video games market total will decline this yr, largely as a result of the business is correcting after the aforementioned pandemic growth interval. Newzoo didn’t issue VR {hardware} into that forecast.

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