As far as rarities go, the scrapped Atari Jaguar VR headset is one of the many Holy Grails for Atari collectors. Following Atari's merger with JT Storage in 1996, production of the console, along with the soon to be released Virtual Reality system, was brought to a halt. Out of the two surviving VR systems known to exist, one has just surfaced on eBay.
During early 1994, Atari teamed up with Virtuality to create a homeward-bound virtual reality system. Their first prototype VR headset didn't quite revolutionise gaming as we know it, leaving the executives at Atari requesting a much high resolution display within.
Unfortunately, while Virtuality were under way with their revised model, Atari had plans to exit the video game market following their merger with JT Storage. Virtuality's revamped VR headset for Atari featuring the requested higher display resolution - and what was potentially going to be a must have accessory for Jaguar fans - sadly never hit the market and joined its cancelled low quality predecessor.
Like many unreleased video games and prototype hardware, working examples of the VR Headset for the Atari Jaguar have managed to escape their pending doom into the loving arms of collectors. Both the low and high resolution devices are now in safe hands and make frequent appearances at retro gaming events. Luckily enough for Atari fans, the retail release Missile Command 3D is compatible with this futuristic display, making this prototype so much more than just a collection piece.
The red coloured Atari Jaguar VR Headset, the low resolution version, has since surfaced on eBay for the price of $14,500. While this might be rather steep for such a device, a piece of Atari history is up fro grabs here to any collector with cash to burn.
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