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This Modder Converted a Virtual Boy Into a Handheld Console


We're lucky to have access to several high-quality virtual reality (VR) headsets today. But there were several attempts at VR in the past. A handful of rather gimmicky VR systems were setup in malls and video arcades, but Nintendo's Virtual Boy was the first console capable of displaying stereoscopic 3D graphics. It was also a massive flop. Nintendo only sold 770,000 Virtual Boy units, compared to more than 32 million units for the Nintendo 64 that hit the market just a year later. Despite their rarity, Shank Mods managed to get a broken Virtual Boy motherboard. He used that to build what is likely the world's first Virtual Boy handheld console.

Shank got this Virtual Boy motherboard from another modder who managed to fry one of the display drivers. The Virtual Boy had two displays—one for each eye. Each display was a one-dimensional array of ...


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