According to Merriam-Webster, virtual reality is: “an artificial world that consists of images and sounds created by a computer and that is affected by the actions of a person who is experiencing it.” We like to think of it in simpler terms and define virtual reality as: any immersive experience that evokes presence; that is, the “state or fact of existing, occurring, or being present in a place or thing.” Unfortunately, virtual reality has a checkered past with products of all types claiming to provide a VR experience that ultimately fell far short. Thanks to modern technology, VR may very well be feasible within the next few years, and products like the Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus, and the HTC Vive may be just what VR has needed. There’s an entire history of virtual reality outside of video games, but to keep things manageable we’ll focus just on VR as it pertains to immersive video games.
Virtual Boy, Microsoft tablet, Dell phablet, and more
We all love innovation...when it works. Unfortunately when it comes to technological breakthroughs, timing is everything. For instance, did you know that Microsoft showed off its tablet PC way back in 2000? And who could forget Nintendo’s attempt at a VR headset with its Virtual Boy in 1995?