The year 2015 was filled with headlines proclaiming virtual reality as the next big thing that will completely revolutionize how we exist. Even the normally staid New York Times jumped on the VR bandwagon with the release of the NYT VR mobile app. A year earlier Facebook purchased startup Oculus VR for more than $2 billion. Breathless headlines proclaim science-fiction-like advances and tout the novelty of the virtual realty world. Yet, what is missing from all of this hype is a reality check.