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The Scuba Virtual Immersion Visor May Be the Worst Gaming Peripheral of All Time

Years ago, long before Retrovolve’s Josh used the Oculus Rift while hungover, the world was fascinated by the concept of virtual reality. Developers released poorly conceived virtual reality consoles, films featured ridiculous virtual reality headsets, and Philips attempted to capitalize on the trend by releasing the Scuba Virtual Immersion Visor in 1996. Despite its futuristic appearance, the Scuba Virtual Immersion Visor didn’t actually involve virtual reality of any sort. It was quite literally a low-resolution television set you had to wear on your head, and it may have been the least useful video game peripheral ever made. Advertisements boldly claimed that you hadn’t played a game until you’d played it wearing an Immersion Visor. The Scuba did offer gamers a fairly unique experience, but for all the wrong reasons.…

The PlayStation’s Virtual Reality Headset That Nearly Was

It would seem that the development of Project Morpheus doesn’t actually mark the first time that a virtual reality headset technology flirted with a PlayStation console. It was reported in the May, 1996, issue of GamePro magazine that Virtual I/O’s i-Glasses, which was previously released as an expensive PC peripheral, was being re-designed for use with the original Sony PlayStation. Nowadays you can get some of the best headsets for gaming for a relatively decent price. However, with the Virtual I/O it would seem that the price of the headset was one of the biggest factors. With a retail price of $800 for the PC headset (over 2.5 times the cost of a PlayStation at the time), it was financially impractical for the console’s user base and therefore was likely never more than a prototype.…
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