2016 saw a whole load of cool inventions that look to change the way we live, push technology forward, or just straight-up entertain us. We saw Tesla make solar panels as appealing visually as they are environmentally. Chevrolet gave us one of the longest-range electric cars and didn’t break the bank doing it, while Goodyear showed off 360-degree tires. Among those and things like vitamin-fortified, drought-resistant sweet potatoes, Time magazine named PlayStation VR one of the best inventions of 2016.

Chief among the reasons behind that is that, while some VR headsets are more advanced or attached to more powerful machines, the PlayStation VR is accessible. Even without a PlayStation 4 already on your shelf, it costs as much to get a PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR as it does to get just an HTC Vive headset – computer not included. Meanwhile, the PlayStation 4 itself is already in well over 40 million homes, and the headset is still cheaper than its competition when fully kitted out with the camera and PlayStation Move controllers.

PlayStationVR lowers the barrier

That gives Sony the opportunity to deliver the true VR experience promised by the Vive, the Oculus Rift, and by Sony’s own headset on a scale its competitors can only dream about.

We have yet to see whether that’s the case or not, but it’s a good point – Sony offers a lower barrier of entry than either of its direct competitors, and a higher-fidelity experience than its little brothers and sisters in the mobile world. PlayStation VR might be virtual reality’s best chance at going mainstream, and for that, it earned a spot in Time‘s list. For the full list, check out the source link below.