From Mashable’s Adario Strange: The year 2016 may have been the year when virtual reality didn’t quite hit the mainstream, but that’s mostly because most people didn’t have a VR headset. That all changed on Sunday, as so many woke up on Christmas morning to discover a VR headset under the tree.
The signs were all there: Best Buy and Amazon have been sold out of the Oculus Touch controllers for over a week, and a lot of chatter on social media involved hopes of possibly getting one of the major VR systems such as the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and the Sony PlayStation VR (PSVR).
Not everyone got their wish, with many instead getting cheaper, less immersive versions of smartphone-dependent VR headsets like the Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream View and a wide array of low-end headsets being sold at Walmart for under $50.
Nevertheless, whether it’s a full Oculus Touch-enabled system or a much lesser device, the reactions of first time VR users have been priceless.