While a lot of the attention toward VR is pointed at Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or even PlayStation VR, Google wants to remind everyone that when it comes to VR, their Google Cardboard solution is the main way that people are using virtual reality, with their mobile devices. Google says that over 5 million Cardboard viewers have shipped in 19 months. 25 million apps have been installed from Google Play alone, with numbers growing rapidly over time. And games have been 4 of the top 5 apps installed, including the VR version of AaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! [$3.99], *Caaaaardboard!* Google actually reports that 10,000 to 50,000 copies of Caaaaardboard have been sold, so while perhaps Dejobaan isn't getting rich off of the game yet, there's a decent amount of interest there.

This news all comes on the heels of analysis saying that light VR solutions like Google Cardboard are going to be the way that most people in the near future experience VR. Not to mention, Google is working on improving the Cardboard audio experience. This isn't to say that mobile VR is technically superior, but it is going to be the entry-level thing that convinces people to go buy an Oculus or Vive or PlayStation VR or something similar. Not to mention that a VR solution has been on shelves for over a year now in the Gear VR, and it's a mobile-powered device. That's not to say that Cardboard VR is better than Vive or Oculus, which are amazing, but Cardboard is a lot better than you think. Ignore mobile VR at your own peril.

  • sivad

    *pulls up chair, pops bag of popcorn....

    I'm ready for the hate to begin, proceed.

    • MrThickDick

      Hate for which, another useless article on TA or the stupid comparison between real VR headsets and a piece of cardboard that does a poor job of displaying VR?

    • Tallgeese

      Sitting in chairs and eating corn that is popped is soooooooooooooooooo 2015! Standing tables and eating VR hotdogs is what's in now, poser!

  • Seth Henson

    Keyword 'shipped' not sold

  • MasonHurst

    VR? ...yaaawn

  • MrThickDick

    Google cardboard is garbage.

    • Modjular

      Affordable garbage.

    • HelperMonkey

      Garbage? Come on, man. Recycle.

    • DuckingGold

      Wow, that was insightful. Schmuck.

      • Tallgeese

        How dare you post inane nonsense/your opinion on a forum! I would never!!!

  • Dema9o9ue

    I have 2 cardboards. One I got for free from a VR porn site. Both sit unused for months now. The resolution is crap and the apps are even crappier. They were my introduction to VR and my main reason for not buying a more expensive VR unit. Until I can try one out and see with my own eyes that I won't be staring at pixels larger than a TV from 1995, I won't be buying one.

    If GC is the entry point to VR I think there will be a lot of disappointed people like me.

    • Tallgeese

      ...Are they still giving out free headsets? What does one have to do to get free garbage around here!?

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Just head to the App Store! POW! I'll be here all week, don't forget to tip your waitress on the way out, you've all been great.

      • Tallgeese

        That's gold, Jerry! GOLD!

  • Alexythimia23

    Id get one if there was one that would work for a tablet as thats the only device that i game on with apple products.

    • Tallgeese

      I don't imagine snapping that to your head will be great for your spine unless the tablet VR version comes as a half-suit with shoulder supports to balance and redistribute the weight... You'd look like a pretty chipper robot knight though. Just don't try to hitch a ride in Philadelphia... RIP, hitchBOT. You know HB dreamed of a tablet-enabled VR world too...

      • Tallgeese

        *strapping, unless your holder is Snap-Tite.

      • fearlesskk

        Hahahahahaha that made my day thanks alot

      • Tallgeese

        Yay! ^_^ Ty! Hope your day is Groot!

  • tommet

    Have GC v1 and v2. Neither hold a candle to the Rift. They are going to have to do better than this. (And it looks like they've decided to do just that.)

  • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

    Hate and jokes aside, is there a Cardboard version that would let me use my iPhone 6 Plus without taking it out of its Apple leather case? I like novelties like this and there's no way I'm splashing out $600 for an Oculus Rift at launch.

    • zTRICKYz

      I have the 6 plus in an apple silicone case and it fits well in the trailbrazer. I got mine from Amazon UK. Really glad I got it.

      • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

        zTRICKYz, you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind

        Thank you!

  • lonestarcarper

    I am a apple guy (6s+) my office mate brought in his Samsung gear and I was sold instantly - I have done the Amazon plastic GC Apple devices but they don't hold a candle to that Samsung Gear it is a great experience. I hope apple takes notes and has something similar in the near future

    • http://adamsimmersive.com Adams Immersive

      The devil is in good software and good optics; having tried both Gear and a 6+, I don't see reason the Gear is superior--but if you have a poor app (or port) or a bad headset, then the experience can be poor.

      Which games did you try, and which headsets?

  • Rain1dog

    I have used the HTC Vibe and Rift 2 and they are BOTH light years ahead of cardboard, but that's to be expected. Google cardboard is amazing in its own right and will get better in time.

    The Valve/HTC with numb chucks and 3D awarness set up in the game room will blow your mind.

  • http://adamsimmersive.com Adams Immersive

    I've been waiting to ship my own VR demo/game, but my friends have fun with it. I should just put it out there.

    I'm definitely sold on Cardboard V2 + iPhone! The experience per dollar is insane.

  • Matt Pfaff

    Is this comparing market share based on units shipped (which does not equal sold) to that of a not yet released product?