March 16, 2016 10:00 AM EDT

The opening salvo in the high-fidelity, high-price virtual reality wars kicks off in less than two weeks, when Oculus VR rolls out its $600 Rift headset to consumers. TIME spent a day at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco test-driving the final version of Rift, and some of the experiences you can expect to have when it launches on March 28.

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