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Adeon

Can we stop calling the Virtual Boy a VR device yet? I think it's only called that by people who haven't used it.

Jacquelyn Morie

Great video clip find, Wagner!
The Virtual Boy was certainly was within the definitions of VR in that day and age. Today we have many more works that call themselves VR that are not a relevant as the early Nintendo product. The history speaks for itself.
Just because it wasn't full color, or succesful, doesn't mean it wasn't an early contributor to what came after in the 30-40 year timeline of VR development (spoken as someone who was there from the beginning)

seph

I mean, you point out yourself that cell phones existed in the 80s, were thought about decades before that, and always had a clear and obvious use...but it still took 30 more years for the iPhone.

I don't know that VR has an obvious use outside of immersive entertainment, but AR I'd argue has clear and obvious uses. I'd love to move around town in AR glasses that look like normal eyeglasses but show me everything I'd normally look at my phone for.

The technology isn't here though. It's why Meta has so many prototypes of new hardware slated the next decade. It's why Apple hasn't revealed or released its AR glasses yet, and Microsoft hasn't made a consumer version of the HoloLens. Every big company knows the iPhone moment for VR and AR is a ways away.

A blog like this one has different concerns than companies making this tech. You have to blog about now, since no one wants to read about what's happening in 10 years. Still, it doesn't change the fact that AR/VR hardware has a loooong way to go. You can argue we're at an end of AR/VR or whatever's being argued in this post, but the industry believes we're in the prologue.

kpax

I say give vr another 20 years. Over population and general financial decay and possibly war will starve us into primitive escapes where all you need is a screen and a comfort place and you have a palace. While in reality you are living in a crime infested neighbourhood with a toilet, mathress and a refrigerator. This and drugs will be the only way in the end.

Martin K.

> No, Virtual Reality Is Not In Its "Early Days"

I guess time will tell.

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