Published: Mar 28, 2016 1 min read
Shayla Hunter

You’ve heard the news: Virtual reality (VR) is coming, and it’s not going to be cheap. Facebook’s high-profile Oculus Rift headset starts at $599, and that doesn’t include the powerful PC required to run it. Same goes for HTC’s Vive ($799) and Sony’s PlayStation VR ($499, plus $350 for a PlayStation 4).

So no VR unless you win the lottery, right? Wrong. Anyone with a smartphone—even nontechies—can easily hitch a virtual ride for less than the price of dinner. Hardware makers have designed a range of affordable headsets for as little as $15. And you can find hundreds of VR experiences in the Android and iOS app stores—many of them free.

Here are eight ways to get the picture without spending a fortune.