VIRTUALITY 1000 CS
A company called the Virtuality Group released a console of sorts; a Virtual Reality Pod – the 1000 CS. There were only around 350 of these ever made, but for a lot of us in our formative gaming years, playing Dactyl Nightmare on one of these in the local Timezone arcade was the first glimpse into the possibilities a future of VR could hold.
THE HYPE: Powered by an Amiga 3000 (!), and featuring two 276x372 (!!) screens in the headset, the tracking relied on a magnets in the headset, waistband, joystick, and outer ring of the pod to determine player body and head facings.
THE GRIPE: This thing was cumbersome. The headset and weight belt was heavy, giving the wearer a closer resemblance to one of the Borg undergoing regeneration, than to a human being experiencing virtual reality. The graphics were also awful (as were all 3D graphics in 1991), and the 3.2" LCDs were a blurry mess of 50ms of motion sickness inducing latency. Due to the low production number there may only be a couple of these machines in working condition still in existence, so your chances of seeing one in action ever again – much less being able to purchase one – are remote.
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