Bristol has embraced the rise of virtual reality gaming with the opening of VR Star in the city’s Cabot Circus shopping centre.
Opened on 15 December with content by Manchester- based VR innovators Immotion, the arcade is the largest VR centre in the UK.
“If you have only ever experienced VR at home or a quick demo in a shop, then you are going to be blown away by our platforms,” said Arek Antoniak, operations manager of VR Star. “They engage all your senses to create something that is genuinely immersive and thrilling.”
The arcade features Moto and Racer machines, offering customers routes through Death Valley or outer space, while a seat in the Eggs offers a deep sea journey looking for underwater treasure.
Immotion have already announced further additions are on the cards, aiming to offer 360-degree movies and CGI content, which includes feeding dinosaurs and swimming with sharks, within the year.
Home to the Virtual Reality World Congress, Bristol has become the ideal place for the VR flagship, with its own Bristol VR Lab set to open in January, backed by £295,000 funding from West of England Combined Authority and the Local Enterprise Partnership.
Beside further developments in the Cabot Circus arcade, Immotion is keen to see VR Star become the first in a chain of VR arcades, a goal that should see an immediate head start with the carefully timed opening of its first retail space.
“The good news is we will be open in time for the height of the Christmas shopping season,” added Antoniak.
“Shoppers in Bristol can escape the crowds and enjoy a whole new world.”