Why Chinese VR Industry Still Fails

We regularly come in with reviews of different Chinese VR headsets to showcase the manufacturer from Eastern Land are serious when it comes to virtual reality. Even Xiaomi has entered this market launching its popular Xiaomi Mi VR Play, though it’s not a standalone headset like the 3 Glasses S1 or the VR-5 Nibiru. Besides the aforementioned models there are tons of VR headsets coming our way from Chinese companies, but let’s be honest and write down not all of them are eye-catching in terms of both design and features. Recently, CHINA Electronics Standardization Institute has published a ‘Virtual Reality Industry White Paper 2016’ to show Chinese virtual reality industry has a great potential, but there are still some challenges it should overcome.


According to the aforementioned paper there are three factors Chinese VR headset manufacturers should take into account. Let’s introduce them in course.

  1. Hardware Limitations

The main problem in this section is related with the pricy hardware and the processing speed. Many pieces including display cost too much, so many manufacturers can afford themselves to make standalone VR headsets. As a result, many of them come in with VR headsets requiring smartphones to take you to the virtual reality world. Moreover, the VR data is heavy and not all hardware makers are able to offer fast working hardware as well.

  1. Software Limitations

This problem is partly related with the issue mentioned above, but there are also many fields needed to be researched more. I am talking about faster image processing, artificial intelligence, 3D modeling and so on.

  1. Application Limitations

It’s commonly believed the VR is used mainly in military and university research programs. This means the VR are not used in educational, industrial and other common spheres. Therefore, you can’t find many apps concerning different fields.

All these factors affected its market share in the tech market. As iResearch announced, Chinese VR industry had only 15.4 billion yuan market size in 2015, and it’s expected it will reach 55 billion yuan only in 2020. So Chinese companies have to work hard to make a touch competition to top brands.



Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.

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