Here are the top 5 most popular VR headsets - and what they cost

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It can be hard to know where to get started in virtual reality.

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Although several high-profile virtual reality headsets have launched in the past couple of years, the world of VR can be confusing.

Some headsets need to be plugged into a powerful gaming computer, for example, but others only need a Samsung phone.

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But it's clear that the headsets currently on the market represent the early days of VR.

According to a recent estimate from IDC, only 2.3 million total virtual reality headsets shipped in the first quarter of 2016. For comparison, Apple sells that many iPhones in about four days.

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(IDC's estimate did not include low-end VR headsets like Google Cardboard or Daydream, which are typically given away for free or sold for under $100 and use a phone as its screen and processor.)

But out of those 2.3 million headsets shipped, what are the most popular VR headsets so far, and which should you consider if you want to buy one? Let's take a look at the top 5 VR headsets available today: