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HTC are introducing a new Vive Pro headset for $1199 that promises the latest and greatest in VR visuals and comfort.

Or you could not because HTC has also dropped the price on the full kit of the current Vive, which seems like a much better deal.


It's easy to lose yourself for hours in the regular console or PC version of Fallout 4. One would imagine it's even easier when completely surrounded by the sights and sounds of the Bostonian wastes in the Vive-exclusive Fallout 4 VR, but when you're just a pair of objects floating in space, it isn't quite the same.


Virtual reality has been around for decades, but it's only of late that the technology has properly matured with reliable consumer-grade headsets, room-scale tracking, high quality touch controllers and a library of games worth exploring.

So now that people can get into virtual reality in a range of ways - from mobiles to consoles to the top-end headsets - what's changed? Here's everything you need to know about VR.


We're all familiar with what zombies want to eat, but has anyone tried feeding them something else? Burgers, perhaps? The PixelJunk people at Q-Games give it a try in their first virtual reality game, Dead Hungry, and it works like a charm. Who knew?


2016 was the year that virtual reality hit the mainstream. PlayStation VR brought acceptable quality, immersive experiences to the living room, but the long-awaited consumer iteration of the Oculus Rift brought higher detail to PC gamers, as did the room-scale Vive. But all those headsets are tethered, so you're dragging a decidedly physical cable around the virtual world with you.

At CES 2017 in Las Vegas, though -- kicking off in less than a week -- HTC will reportedly show off a completely wireless Vive. With higher-res screens, to boot.


In truth, 2016 was not "The Year of VR." It was the year of the start of VR. Multiple major tech companies released impressive VR systems that were clearly the first of their kind; flawed and fascinating, destined to be improved upon and replaced. The age of immersive technology is upon us, but its future remains uncertain.


If you don't have a virtual reality headset the next best thing, of course, is to steal one from well-off friend. For the less kleptomaniac among us, there's YouTube, where the likes of SweViver are happy to romp around shooters of old -- in this case, DOOM 3 BFG Edition -- taking out demon-possessed zombies in the confines of an experimental facility on Mars...


When we think 'virtual reality' we tend to associate it with 'video games', but I've always believed that the true potential of VR lies elsewhere -- virtual tourism, talking to family members on the other side of the world.

How about travelling all over the globe like a flying disembodied human head? How does that sound?


Accounting is the game you play when you've played too much VR. Stripped back to its core, Accounting is full of the kind of design choices and gameplay that you'll find in most short VR experiences on the market. It's exactly that familiarity that makes it so jarring -- and so hilarious. This is the most fun -- and horror -- you'll ever experience while doing your accounting. Promise.


Over the last few months, several women have reported facing or witnessing sexual harassment online in VR. Most recently, author Jordan Belamire explained on Medium last week that the avatar of someone she didn't know virtually groped her in the online mulitplayer game QuiVR. Yesterday, QuiVR's developers responded by modding their game to prevent non-consensual touching.