I first experienced VR in the mid 90's in an arcade on holiday in Florida, I guess from this article that it could have been Amiga powered. As a 'miggy-freak (I still have an A500, A600 and A1200) I'm very suprised I didn't know that.
It's really amazing how VR captured so much attention, back in the early/mid 90's, considering how we barely had the tech to do interactive 3D graphics to begin with.
BTW, Nintendo's codename for the N64 was "Project Reality" and the SGI-designed GPU was called the "Reality Coprocessor". I don't know if Nintendo ever got far enough to actually experiment with headsets for it, but then we got Virtual Boy
It always makes me smile whenever I hear 'this is the year of VR' - been a looooong time coming!
Yeah, I was surprised when I first heard about the Oculus Rift. It was like "oh, yeah... I guess it is time for another VR hype bubble, I guess."
Each time VR comes back, it's better than the last time. Eventually, I do
think it'll gain some real mainstream traction.