The Void VR theme park opens it doors (then closes them again)

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A handful of lucky gamers in Salt Lake City, Utah are the first people to try out The Void's virtual reality theme park this week. The beta testing runs until 26 October but all the tickets sold out within hours on the first day.

If you live in the area, or are willing to travel, The Void recommends following its Facebook page and according to RoadtoVR, the theme park is "looking at opening up more times in the future".

We're not yet sure how much standard tickets will be once the VR gaming space is really up and running in Q3 of 2016, just that The Void wanted to test its booking system. How sensible.

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So what is The Void? It's a multiplayer VR playground with physical arenas, named Gaming Pods, which aim to recreate the virtual environments in the games you're experiencing via custom VR headsets, each with two 1080p displays. Mixed reality is one term that's being used to describe The Void experience. Turn a corner in VR, turn a corner in real life. Get it?

It uses wireless, room-scale tracking to allow players to move around the space, like HTC Vive and Valve Lighthouse but on a bigger scale, and there's also haptic gloves and haptic vests for well, total immersion.

Essentially it sounds future-arcade awesome and we're currently looking at the next available flights to Salt Lake City.


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