The VR revolution

Published 5:16 AM ET, Tue April 5, 2016
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Virtual reality could help tackle acute pain, a new study has found. Could doctors soon start prescribing video games? Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Oculus VR, owned by Facebook, are the makers of arguably the most talked-about VR headset, the Oculus Rift. It has recently launched for $599, but like most headsets it requires a powerful PC to operate. ROBYN BECK/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Oculus VR has teamed with Samsung to develop a headset for use with Samsung smartphones, the Gear VR. At $99 it is a cheaper option that will work out of the box. ROBYN BECK/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Sony Computer Entertainment has developed a VR headset for its PlayStation 4 video game console. It will be released in October 2016. SEBASTIEN BERDA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The HTC Vive, which begins shipping in May 2016, is the most expensive of all VR headsets, at $799. It includes a set of VR controllers, though, which other models don't offer as standard. It is supported by the digital distribution platform Steam. JOSEP LAGO/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The impressive Microsoft Hololens headset has just begun shipping to developers for $3,000 a piece. Price and release date for a consumer version have not been set. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
The cheapest VR option of them all is the humble Google Cardboard. Several models are available online for as little as $15, and they work with almost any smartphone. ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/AFP/Getty Images