Worldwide shipments of virtual reality (VR) hardware will rise dramatically in 2016, with total volumes reaching 9.6 million units, according to International Data Corp. (IDC).

The market should generate hardware revenues of about $2.3 billion in 2016, the firm says. While VR will drive nearly all of the hardware volume in 2016, augmented reality (AR) hardware is forecast to ramp up over the next few years. The combined device markets will see hardware shipments surge past 110 million units in 2020, it says.

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