By Andrew Nusca
May 21, 2015

Are virtual-reality headsets the real deal? Consumers have been pondering this question for years, but a new generation of hardware is demonstrating that, well, yes—it might just be this time around.

There’s Facebook-owned (FB) Oculus VR, for one, and its highly anticipated (coming in 2016!) headset. There’s competition from HTC (the Valve VR-powered Vive), Sony (the spookily named “Project Morpheus”), even Google (GOOG) and its cardboard-and-Android-smartphone combo, Cardboard. (Yes, seriously.) And that’s to say nothing of Microsoft’s HoloLens, which eschews isolated entertainment for a more—well, augmented experience.

Critics say the tech is still overrated and niche; supporters can’t get their hands on it fast enough. Which side is right? You’ll just have to watch our latest Tech Debate.

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