This week sees the launch of a new Kickstarter campaign for a unique new virtual reality (VR) concept. Nick Lee, CEO of Good Game, has launched a campaign for one of the first ever VR cafes to open this autumn in Boston, Massachusetts. The campaign is hoping to raise $25,000 USD by 13th August 2014 in order to open up shop. If successful, then the cafe will utilise the Oculus Rift VR headset as well as a range of other VR-based peripherals and controllers.
Lee was came up with the Good Game concept after living in various countries in Asia in 2012 and experiencing the popularity of PC gaming cafes. While one part of the cafe will be dedicated to traditional PC videogames such as League of Legends, Counter Strike: GO, DOTA 2, and Hearthstone, the other will focus entirely on VR. Along with the Oculus Rift, customers can expect to try out Virtuix’s OMNI multi-directional platform, Sixense’s STEM motion controller, the Delta Six Rifle and the Control VR gloves, the latter of which is still in Kickstarter stages although already successful.
Initially the cafe will serve prepackaged food and drinks, with plans to expand into a full fledged outlet later on. As for using the equipment, Good Game plans to charge on an hourly basis, though will also offer memberships and discounts. Specifics on such memberships and pricing are yet to be revealed. Local technology companies will even be able to rent the cafe’s equipment for their own work from time to time. Lee hopes to open the store in September 2014.
Backer rewards for the Kickstarter project include $50 store credit for a $25 pledge. Backers can even gain life time access to the cafe for a pledge of $5,000. VRFocus will continue to follow the project’s progress, bringing you all the latest on its development.