Virtual reality (VR) is a  simulated experience that can be similar to or completely different from the real world.  Applications of virtual reality can include entertainment (i.e.  video games) and educational purposes (i.e. medical or military training). Other, distinct types of VR style technology include  augmented reality and  mixed reality, sometimes referred to as  extended reality or XR. [1]

Currently standard virtual reality systems use either  virtual reality headsets or multi-projected environments to generate realistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulate a user’s physical presence in a virtual environment. A person using virtual reality equipment is able to look around the artificial world, move around in it, and interact with virtual features or items. The effect is commonly created by VR headsets consisting of a  head-mounted display with a small screen in front of the eyes, but can also be created through specially designed rooms with multiple large screens. Virtual reality typically incorporates  auditory and  video feedback, but may also allow other types of sensory and force feedback through  haptic technology.