With all the talk of Virtual Reality (VR) being the next big thing this year, I thought I’d take a look at some of the previous attempts at VR, mostly from the 90s, when VR was very definitely going to be the next big thing. No doubt about it. Let’s hope the current generation of VR devices stick around a little longer than last time.

First off is a highly entertaining feature on VR from ABC News, from back in 1991

Next up is Nintendo’s Virtual Boy, from 1995. Nintendo apparently spent millions promoting this little beauty before shelving it less than a year after its launch.

This is a great looking VR arcade system installed at London’s Trocadero Centre in the early 90s. It’s Virtuality’s VR Heavy Metal Game. Nice compact headset!

Here’s a system called ProVision Virtual Reality, which looks very futuristic and high tech. The demo reel features a pretty creepy sounding voiceover too.

Virtual IO I-Glasses actually look quite dinky compared to the other VR headsets available at the time

And here are some really early experiments in VR, from way, way back in the 1980s. These are very cool.

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