A new VR centre has opened in Swindon’s old town, offering themed booths that allow parties of four to “escape reality for an hour and experience something completely new.”
SAF VR is the brainchild of former-soldier Scott Francis, who first discovered virtual reality centres while travelling in Vancouver, and decided to bring the concept home.
“I thought that something like that would be great in Swindon,” Francis told the Swindon Advertiser. “They didn’t do it like I wanted to do it.”
“They used a lot of specialist equipment where you sit in or on a vehicle and you’re fixed to one place. I wanted to take a different approach. But it wasn’t until the first lockdown that I decided to pull the trigger and it went from there.”
The Hoopers Place venue opened earlier this month, with each of its four fully-accessible booths available to book either individually, or altogether for larger parties.
“One of the things I’ve found with VR is that people have a lot of anxiety about being watched, that’s why I wanted to have booths where everyone has their own space.”
“I’m really excited to see how people react to it. I love Swindon, I was raised here and I’m hoping that the people of Swindon will enjoy something like this.”