Early Virtual Reality Video Game System 'Virtuality' Set To Make An Appearance At Revival 2013

Early-Virtual-Reality-Video-Game-System-Virtuality-Set-To-Make-An-Appearance-At-Revival-2013In the early 90s an ambitious project was launched to bring the next level of video game entertainment to the masses. Virtual Reality was the buzz-word and gaming was heading down a futuristic path with Virtuality. This arcade system, however, was soon doomed and quickly forgotten - but its legacy can be enjoyed once more at Revival this year.

Virtuality was a range of arcade systems that offered virtual reality gameplay as early as 1991. With two different systems available, gamers would either assume the position in the sit down pod, or find themselves ready for action in the stand up pod. Both of these units featured a headset and accompanying controller, with a small selection of next generation games up for grabs.

Despite the general public being rather impressed by this modern technology which was dotted around British arcades, Virtuality ultimately failed to make its mark on the gaming world. Disappointing sales in their software had led Virtuality down a grim path, leaving a huge - and still present - gap in the market for virtual reality action in video games.

Over the last few decades the surviving Virtuality machines out there have been finding their way into collectors hands. Although so few of these units remain in working order, one of these systems is set to make an appearance at the upcoming 2013 retro gaming event, Revival. Best of all, this system will be free for visitors to experience. 

Virtuality in action

So if you haven't already secured your tickets for Revival, now might be the time. A once in a lifetime retro gaming opportunity has presented itself.

Link: Revival Confirms Virtuality For 2013 Event

Link: Revival 2013 Event Page on RetroCollect


Last Updated ( 26 February 2013 )  

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(Link to this comment) Lord_Santa 2013-02-26 23:45
I remember when this was trying to get into the market, especially the red visor helmet
if I remember correctly there was also a rpg-like title being developed/available, crude by all means, but still had an archer, etc. to choose between

I was really excited about this and had high hopes to try it out, alas it faded into obscurity
never did forget it though and now with the 'Oculus Rift' trying to get into the market, I hope that we can get back to this, but I sincerely hope that there will be applicable controllers as well, since Virtual Reality was more than just the helmet =)
(Link to this comment) ElectricAdventures 2013-02-27 06:09
I used to have a pair of these in my Sci-Fi shop in the mid-90's they were awesome. I have a special TV commercial that I had made, might have to digitize it and upload.
(Link to this comment) BuckoA51 2013-02-27 10:29
Who remembers Legend Quest in Nottingham eh? You could go there and play this VR RPG. I never played the RPG but I did go and play one of their other VR games called Dactal Nightmare I think, was pretty impressive though I did get simulation sickness :(
(Link to this comment) Megatrons_Fury 2013-02-28 02:50
Ok so who remembers the terrible TV show that was all about the Virtuality setup? Hosted by none other than Craig charles of Red Dwarf fame.

It sucked! thats why nobody remembered it, not the technology, the show. I dont think VR gaming will ever take off, you just cant do it without the feeling of motion sickness after long periods of play, the most advanced headsets in the world used by the military in planes etc can only be used for small periods of time.

I would love to have on go on one of these though just for the giggles, in the meantime i can always watch the videos and laugh at 1990's hair and fashion....... And the 80's gets all the stick eh??

United colours of kiss my bum!!!!
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