Virtual reality is no longer the preserve of developers and the super rich. Now anyone can give VR a go, just by downloading a free app onto your smartphone and getting your hands on a cheap VR headset. Entry-level headsets broadly consist of a case that houses your phone and a couple of lenses, which bend the light emanating from the phone screen, giving the illusion of a wrap-around virtual world.

On the other end of the spectrum you’re going to have to part with some serious cash for a top-end virtual reality headset like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, and will probably require a high-end PC or a current generation console to work - that’s with good reason. They need significant processing power to deliver the high-fidelity, resolution and frame rates, not to mention extremely low latency, to ensure the most immersive experience possible.

 


Whether you are looking for the latest VR gear or just want to know more about how virtual reality is changing the world around us pick up the new special edition magazine from BBC Focus – Virtual Reality: The Complete Guide.