You can't use how dreadful an initial product is to excuse it or how poor it was implemented. I'm sure the first TV sucked too but it was still a TV. You can't provide that as an example then change the goalpost after the fact. Virtual Boy may not be VR in your opinion but that doesn't change what the product actually is or does.
TV's have taken off at an unprecedented rate compared to VR. 30 years later, still niche. Amazon numbers posted by LudicrousSpeed don't flatter it like you initially thought. They do the opposite.
>You can't use how dreadful an initial product is to excuse it or how poor it was implemented
Yes you can. A product like TV, computer, cell phones become successful based off things like usefulness, practicality.
If computers were never smaller than an entire kitchen, they wouldn't be found in practically every home. They became successful after they became useful, convenient devices.
If you don't think VR will ever be successful that's fine. That's a reasonable opinion to have.
If you think that past failures are somehow indicative of future failures, that's at best conjecture.
In my opinion, VR is still around 8-10 or so years before the technology will be good enough for a mainstream market. And I say that as someone who loves VR right now.
>TV's have taken off at an unprecedented rate compared to VR. 30 years later, still niche.
TVs were still niche for a couple decades. That's despite being a relatively easy technology. And there were even a few people who thought TV would fail.
Motion controls took 40 years between their first use and when they first because successful.
If you want to bring in that 'VR headset' from 51 years ago, it'd only be fair to bring up really old computers. That took several decades from first being invented to just having a reasonable personal computer and then a few more decades before becoming mainstream.
But yes, VR is a failure because it is lagging behind the TV.