The Story of Virtuality | Nostalgia Nerd
Ever since I laid eyes on these wondrous cyberpunk like machines in the 90s, I was captivated. Huge pod like booths, connected to massive, bright headsets seemed like the future; Virtual Reality seemed like the future. In a way it was, because W Industries and Virtuality created something pretty staggering for the 90s. Here was VR which worked, it was immersive and even better, it was affordable, meaning arcades, leisure centres and theme parks were quick to get their own pods installed. So join me on a personal quest of enthralment, as I look at the company and machines behind the original Virtual Reality boom of the 1990s.
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Virtuosity Systems: virtuositytech.com/
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Many thanks to Simon Marston for providing a huge swathe of resources and archive information, as well as providing access to his incredible Virtuality systems.
Further information: www.retro-vr.co.uk
Zero Hour Footage: seworld.info/will/kKan3q-Rf5uBsmQ/video
Sega's Collab: segaretro.org/Dennou_Senki_Net_Merc
VR Numbers: web.archive.org/web/20060208013906/www.vr-atlantis.com/lbe_guide/lbe_list2.html
2000 specs: wiki.skullspace.ca/index.php/Virtuality_SU2000
News article: www.cbronline.com/news/w_industries_makes_hit_in_the_us_with_virtuality
VR Timeline: www.pebblestudios.co.uk/2017/08/17/when-was-virtual-reality-invented/
Historical account of Virtuality: vrtifacts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/vhist.html
Kotaku account: kotaku.com/the-man-whos-keeping-1990s-virtual-reality-machines-ali-1778990894
Story outline: www.vrs.org.uk/dr-jonathan-walden-virtuality-new-reality-promise-two-decades-soon/
VR User Discussion: forums.oculusvr.com/community/discussion/59346/virtuality-visette-2-vr
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