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Nintendo's Virtual Boy was marketed as the first home console to display 3D graphics without any aftermarket upgrades. Released in 1995, the Virtual Boy uses an effect known as parallax to create the illusion of three-dimensional graphics on a two-dimensional screen. Rather than the traditional console with interfaces to connect to a television, the Virtual Boy serves as an all-in-one screen and hardware unit. The construction of the main display is such that the consumer's eyes are placed directly in front of the console's screen, where linear arrays scan across the player's field of vision. As the linear arrays oscillate via mirror reflection, the player views a full screen of pixels that appear to create an image in three dimensions.

Red LEDs (light-emitting diodes) were used in the creation of the console's display screen. At the time of the Virtual Boy's development, red LEDs were the cheapest LED alternative, consumed the least power, and produced excellent contrast against lines used to create images the player viewed on the display screen. Nintendo opted not to use an (liquid crystal display) screen because its refresh rate would have been significantly lower, making images appear blurry on the display screen.

Prior to the release of the Virtual Boy, there was heavy consumer speculation on how the console would display its video games. Official Nintendo statements had hinted at a gun that would project images vertically, creating a hologram-like effect. Understandably, the binocular-like appearance and conventional display (as compared to Nintendo's statements) made for a disappointed public when the console was released. The Virtual Boy was in production for approximately one year before it was discontinued in both Japan and the US. Unlike other Nintendo consoles, it did not create the volume of sales necessary to break into other international markets. Just twenty-two titles were developed for the Virtual Boy during its short commercial production run.

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Nintendo's Virtual Boy was marketed as the first home console to display 3D graphics without any aftermarket upgrades. Released in 1995, the Virtual Boy uses an effect known as parallax to create the illusion of three-dimensional graphics on a two-dimensional screen. Rather than the traditional...

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