Virtual reality has undoubtedly been one of 2016's biggest technological trends . But will you plug in for an hour after you've finished the turkey and stuffing? According to Carphone Warehouse, around 10% of British homes will have a virtual reality device by Christmas.
That's double the amount that currently own one. A report commissioned by the high street chain shows that VR and AR (augmented reality such as Pokemon Go) is 2016's fastest growing category when it comes to wearable technology.
The report doesn't distinguish between whether Brits will be picking up expensive headsets like the HTC Vive or Sony's PlayStation VR , or cheaper ones like the Google Daydream View. "Gaming is without doubt the reason most consumers are interested in VR but this is just the beginning," said Dean Kramer, Carphone Warehouse’s director of accessories. "As more and more players enter the market, the more content and choice of headsets will become available."
The store is certainly jumping on the virtual bandwagon. It says that any phone (except Google's Pixel) it sells will come with a free Goji VR headset. Anyone that opts for a Samsung Galaxy S7 will get Samsung's Gear VR headset instead.
However, take-up of the technology isn't without its blunders. 10% of those who have tried it confessed to having struggled to get to grips with it. The research found the most common VR "faux pas" is accidentally bumping into someone, or being so loud or animated that they've been asked to leave the room by their nearest and dearest.