Virtual reality (VR) arcades have begun appearing across the world – mainly in the US, China and Japan – but it looks like the UK will soon be getting its own immersive entertainment venue with DNA VR due to open one in London this summer.
With high-end VR being on the pricey side, somewhat hampering mainstream adoption, VR arcades are an alternative way of getting consumers interested in the technology whilst charging a small free for entry. DNA VR aims to cater for gamers and non-gamers alike, offering a range of experiences from Fruit Ninja, Serious Sam, Raw Data, and Arizona Sunshine to Tilt Brush, Everest VR and Google Earth VR.
DNA VR will be using HTC Vive headsets, for single-player and multiplayer options. On top of the 25+ titles the company will have on offer, its teamed up with a VR developer to create a custom experience for 2 – 6 players called Alice in Wonderland: Stories, a one-hour videogame in which players can solve puzzles together.
The arcade will also offer a service allowing players to use their own Steam accounts at the venue. So if a visitor has purchased a title for the HTC Vive which DNA VR doesn’t offer then they’ll be able to play it at the arcade – so long as they let DNA VR know at least 24 hours in advance.
There’s no confirmed opening date for DNA VR just yet – bookings are yet to go live – but the company has scheduled testing to take place this month. If you’re interested in checking out the arcade further details can be found here.
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