Gear VR: “Over One Million People” Used It

Gear VR Ecosystem Expands to Include Facebook 360 Photos, Over 250 Apps, and New Video Content

It’s been nearly six months since Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus launched worldwide. Over one million people used Gear VR last month to experience the incredible collection of immersive games, videos, and experiences available on the Oculus platform.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

How was that stat calculated? Are demo users at Best Buy, phone stores, and the Samsung Showcase counted? I’d be impressed if Oculus said they now had one million accounts signed up via Gear VR headsets.

And “over one million people” doesn’t necessarily mean there are over one million Gear VR headsets out there. Samsung has yet to brag about the number of sales. And if they hit one million sold, I think they would have.

In addition to the exciting range of games available, VR video continues to be one of the most popular experiences on Gear VR. Seven of the top 10 most used apps are videos and, on any given day, nearly 80% of people who use Gear VR watch video content.

Are we still going to argue over whether 360-video is VR? Have the users finally spoken that it is or will counterclaims fly that without head tracking, hand controllers, and Steam-like games, what else is there for Gear users to do besides watch video?

And why issue this press release now? Does Google I/O — when the gears (ahem) will really shift for VR — being one week away have anything to do with it? Oh yes.

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