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Virtual Reality once seemed like the stuff of science fiction but VR is expected to go mainstream in 2017.

VR has dominated the headlines as more and more tech companies launch their own platforms to harness this emerging technology. Here are a few things that you may not know about the evolving world of VR.

VR could reinvent films

Imagine a horror film where you’re in the haunted house instead of watching from a safe distance.

YouTube already offers 360 degree videos that let you look around a scene but VR videos will offer even more interactivity. The introduction of affordable VR headsets and smartphone headsets means that the market for VR films is growing.

If films become immersive experiences rather than focusing on what the director wants you to see, it could be the biggest shift in movie-making since sound was introduced.

90s VR was pretty awful

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No amount of nostalgia can make 90s VR seem like a good thing. Gamers of the 90s were promised a VR revolution but it was doomed from the start by bad technology and extortionate prices.

Sub-standard games offered a terrible VR experience. Check out the migraine-inducing black and red graphics of Nintendo’s Virtual Boy 3D console.

VR doesn’t have to be expensive

Most people are carrying around the means to access the virtual world in their pocket. VR headsets for smartphones mean that you can get into virtual reality without breaking the bank.

In fact, the Alcatel Idol 4 includes a free VR headset so you can get a slick handset and an opportunity to give VR a go. It’s a simple way to dip your toe in the VR ocean and see what all the fuss is about.

VR is about more than just gaming

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The current VR boom may be focused on games but it has so much more to offer. It has already been used to let medical students sit in on a surgery or to paint in three dimensions.

As the technology develops, future applications could allow people to explore the world from their own couch, provide a safe space for therapy sessions or let you walk through your new house before a single brick is laid.

Social apps are the future of VR

Experts have predicted that VR-enabled social apps will be the thing that leads to widespread adoption of this technology. These apps would let you hang out with friends in a virtual space or watch a film with mates who are living abroad.

When Facebook spent a cool $2billion a virtual reality company, Mark Zuckerberg said that he saw VR as a “communication platform.” Gaming might be one use but the big revolution in VR may yet be a social one.

The Alcatel IDOL 4 combines features like an eye-catching metal and glass design, stereo headphones, a quality 13MP camera, a unique Boom key feature and a free VR headset as standard. That's a pretty impressive package for anyone who's looking for a great smartphone and a chance to experience VR technology. 

The Alcatel IDOL 4 is available now from www.threemobile.ie. Prices start from €199.

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