Founded in 1993 by brothers Tom and David Gardner, The Motley Fool helps millions of people attain financial freedom through our website, podcasts, books, newspaper column, radio show, and premium investing services. Virtual reality (VR) was once thought to be something of a technological holy grail — the type of tech that science-fiction plots revolved around and a subject that futurists and gadget enthusiasts opined about to great end. There’s still excitement surrounding the immersive worlds made possible by head-mounted displays, but that “holy grail” status has lessened to a degree as the dream has moved closer to reality. Highly immersive consumer VR headsets hit the market in 2016, but high prices and a lack of must-have exclusive content meant that adoption for the new display medium has lagged behind the levels that many analysts anticipated. Head-mounted display development initiatives have also splintered somewhat, with augmented reality (AR) emerging as an alternative that’s less immersive, but more connected to the real world — and one that many market watchers and technology leaders view as having greater potential than VR. Stil...