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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.


The virtual reality wars are heating up, with Sony confirming pricing and availability for PlayStation VR in Australia. Launching in October, the standalone headset will cost $549, which is roughly the same price as the PlayStation 4 console. However, to get the most out of the device, you'll also need additional accessories which brings the total price up to around $700. Will it be worth the money? We take a look at the pricing and specs.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.


Late last year, Apple Music released a virtual reality video featuring the musical stylings of U2. Directed by "immersive artist" Chris Milk, the clip shows off the potential of VR when money is no object. As I learned at CES, it also turns your headset into a Bono-fueled torture device.