The Messy, Magical Birth of Virtual Reality

The Messy, Magical Birth of Virtual Reality
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After years of teases, tantalizing promises, and Kickstarter campaigns, virtual reality finally became actual reality in 2016, with VR's mere existence thrusting the entire PC industry into glorious, wonderful turmoil. Despite being around for just a handful of months, virtual reality has already inspired totally new genres of computers, wormed its way deep into Windows, and sent the price of graphics cards plummeting.

Not too shabby for VR's first real year on the streets, though the implementations could still use some fine-tuning. Let's look back at how this wild new frontier blossomed in 2016.

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