Touted as the first home video gaming console to offer true 3D technology, Nintendo’s 1995 Virtual Boy just never really seemed to take off. It began with a USD$180 price tag and was not well received. Its popularity never ballooned, even as Nintendo continued to slash pricing.
Possible the downfall of the Virtual Boy was its set up. While it was similar to a head-mounted virtual reality machine, it just wasn’t quite. Users had to look through an eyepiece at the front of the machine, similar to the old Fisher-Price vintage View-Masters. It was clumsy.
One unhappy retrogamer, Cyberdene, took matters into his own hands. Using recycled working parts of several authentic virtual reality systems, Cyberdene created the head-mounted Virtual Boy. It combines Forte VFX-1 Headgear with Virtual Boy technology. With this device, there is no more mounting the machine on the floor and lying on your stomach to use it, or lying on your back while mounting the machine on your chest. Cyberdene’s invention is now as it should have been in 1995.