It’s Friday night. Gaz has just lost to Laura at motion-sensored boxing. Dev’s sharing holiday snaps with Nick on their tablets. While Kate’s taking it in turns with Emma and Mikey to fight zombies on the VR headset. The night’s being soundtracked by a playlist created just an hour before by a DJ in LA. And you’re all about to settle down to a film that only made it to cinemas that morning, from the comfort of Elena’s frontroom.
Cast your mind back just a few short years, and a night in with pals was very different. We’re talking DVD rentals, rifling through scratched CDs and never-ending boardgames. Now, here at EE, we love a round of Monopoly as much as the next person; but come on, VR gaming is another level of cool!
And this sea change in entertainment seems to have crept up to our sofas without us stopping to take note – or at least basking in the full glory of the affordable tech that now graces our homes. And this got us thinking: when exactly did home entertainment get so insanely… epic!?
Well, we took a trip down memory lane to see if we could pinpoint this pivotal moment…