Virtual reality is no longer something out of sci-fi. Soon, every household hoping to keep up with the times will need a VR device, tapped for binge-watching and news updates. We will see the world closer than ever, luxuriate in the next Game of Thrones or The Avengers as if we're one of the characters. And we know this because the corporations who pull our strings are on top of it: Facebook's Oculus Rift unit is up for pre-order, Samsung cellphones can be converted into VR headsets with a fancy pair of goggles, and Google built its own viewer out of cardboard, for quick-and-easy consumption.
At this year's Sundance, artists, engineers, and storytellers gathered to debut the next wave of virtual-reality "experiences," and Thrillist was there. What I learned was that these aren't movies, they're not TV shows, and they're not video games. VR is VR -- new and riveting. Here are a few of the debuts showcasing the power of this soon-to-be-mainstream medium: