Zero Latency a full motion virtual reality (VR) space based in Melbourne, Australia, allowing players to roam around a 450 square metre warehouse has now announced plans to open another site in Japan. The company is teaming up with Sega Live Creation to launch the experience in celebration of Tokyo Joypolis’ 20th Anniversary, after which it’ll be a permanent fixture at the Tokyo venue from July 2016.
Zero Latency will be installing a custom build for Sega Live Creation with brand new content, new tracking technology and enhanced VR backpacks and weapons. Players can embark on solo missions or form teams of up to six players to fight through zombie filled buildings, and solve puzzles.
“Inviting customers to experience warehouse-scale free-roam VR in Japan together with one of the world’s most iconic entertainment brands is a dream come true,” says Tim Ruse, Zero Latency’s CEO. “We are excited about this world first project, and also about the future of our partnership.”
“When we first tried the Zero Latency experience we were blown away” concurs Kazuhiko Hayami, Sega Live Creation’s Executive Vice President, “We knew we were witnessing the birth of a new medium, and we wanted to be involved straight away. We are only at the early stages of understanding what free-roam VR is capable of. It’s one of the most exciting technologies coming to market today.”
To make its system possible Zero Latency partnered with Sensics the co-founder of the OSVR platform with Razer. Zero Latency use custom-built Sensics hardware, the OSVR software platform and proprietary software, technology infrastructure and engineered wearables.
“With Sensics and OSVR, Zero Latency can upgrade the consumer experience to constantly offer the best in public VR entertainment,” said Yuval Boger, CEO of Sensics and co-founder of OSVR. “We are dedicated to advancing and democratizing VR and Zero Latency’s unique gaming experience is an outstanding example of what is now possible.”
“Sensics is the only virtual reality device company taking out-of-home VR seriously,” added Ruse.
As Zero Latency’s expansion plans continue VRFocus will report on the latest announcements.