A survey of over 600 VR/AR professionals has revealed that HTC Vive remains the most popular platform for developers.
The 2017 edition of the annual VRDC VR/AR Innovation Report charts the industry in a year which saw significant developments, such as the release of consumer-grade headsets and the international success of Pokemon Go.
The main findings of the report are:
Developers love HTC Vive
56% of respondents listed HTC Vive as the hardware that they were targeting for their current or future projects. Oculus Rift followed with 49%.
However, when asked what platforms their next project would be released on, 52% said HTC Vive and 50% said Oculus Rift.
Games still dominate
Game development still takes the lion’s share of VR development, with 78% of respondents listing it as the focus of their current and future projects.
27% said that training and education was their primary focus, while 19% said that creating branded experiences such as VR showrooms was their main aim.
Rise of platform exclusives
31% said that their next project would be exclusively released on a single VR/AR platform, up from 10% the previous year.
Again, HTC Vive seems to leading the pack, with 35% listing the platform as the exclusive home of their next project.
Reducing physical discomfort and nausea was cited as the biggest challenge for developers going forward.