As I slid on the new HTC Vive Pre headset, the all-encompassing commotion that is Las Vegas during CES — the world's biggest annual consumer electronics show — faded away. For the first time in several days, I have escaped.
I'm at the bottom of a calm blue ocean on a sunken ship. I can reach out and gently flip away the little fish surrounding me. Look up, and see a giant whale gliding by. Look down, and I am drawn to the seamlessly never-ending blueness just past the edge of my ship. It's a long way down to the bottom of the ocean.
I'm a scuba diver, and this virtual world is extremely convincing, immersive and lifelike, I could get lost down there for hours. Except I can't — booth demos are booked back-to-back throughout the show.