A Trip Down Virtual Reality Road: 6 Systems of the Past
These news VR headsets are not the first of their kind. VR gaming has been around for decades, but it was simply never a success. Perhaps it was just technological limitations of the time, or a market that wasnt ready to embrace the technology (or headaches.) Maybe it was just the pricetag. To understand what may be different this time around, its important to take a look at some of the iterations of VR in the past.
In the early 1990s, Virtuality Group produced a set of VR systems that included a stand-up arena type system and a vehicle cockpit type. Both used headsets with built in screens to put gamers right into the position of the characters they played in the games. Between a multiplayer first-person shoot called Dactyl Nightmare that let players run around shooting one another as a treacherous pterodactyl attacked them as well as several other games, Virtuality had a memorable presence in arcades.
Many might remember the short-lived Virtual Boy of the mid 90s. Nintendo released the machine and it could be found in Blockbuster video stores for kids to try while their parents looked for movies. Despite being backed by one of the biggest game companies of the day, it did not succeed.
This is a nice little history lesson of where VR has grown over the years. Some of it is cringe worthy, but hey, it was the 90s, a lot of that decade is cringe worthy