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Virtual reality, untethered and unleashed

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With more and more virtual reality arcades springing up throughout the country, Chris Webster caught up with Silicon Valley VR developer Jacob Pennock and asked him - just how much untapped potential lies in the new VR leisure market? CW: Do you think we’ve now reached a point, in terms of the quality of technology and its accessibility, where pay-to-play...

Mario Kart VR launches in O2 Hollywood Bowl

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Mario Kart VR has launched at Bandai Namco’s VR Zone Portal located within Hollywood Bowl at the O2. On the evening prior to the official 4 August UK launch, an event was held for members of the British press and guests to experience ‘Mario Kart VR’ first-hand. It was an evening of drinks, food and Virtual Reality which welcomed the...

Virtual Reality and/or Video Resurrection

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With news of yet another bespoke virtual reality venue in the UK, Chris Webster thinks a sweet-spot of opportunity finally presents itself to the innovating arcade proprietor. Pundits have been touting virtual reality as a prospective game-changer in entertainment for over thirty years. The concept, meanwhile, has been knocking about even longer, even being partially realised as a training tool...

York couple hopes to launch city’s first VR arcade

The roll-out of pay-to-play VR continues unabated, as a pair of gaming enthusiasts prepare to bring the very latest in entertainment technology to the ancient city of York A couple of intrepid souls from York are hoping to make waves in the leisure industry’s most cutting-edge sub-sector this year, having submitted plans to open the city’s first virtual-reality arcade. Kate Nolton...

Award-winning VR Ride Coming to Bowl Expo

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LAI Games is to display Virtual Rabbids: The Big Ride at next week’s International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas. The Big Ride is the industry’s first attendant-free VR attraction that operates and is serviced like any other coin-op amusement game. The only game to win this year’s AMOA Innovator Award, The Big Ride makes high-quality VR accessible to bowling and...

VR Star opens second venue in UK-wide expansion

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Following the success of its debut site in Bristol, VR Star has launched a second venue in a Cardiff shopping centre, with 60 sites planned for the UK in total. With confidence running high in virtual reality’s out-of-home viability, is it time for more FECs to get on board? VR Star, the retail brand of virtual reality manufacturer Immotion, has...

Location-Based VR to Reach $809 Million by 2022

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Consumer spend on VR is expected to reach $809 million by 2022, according to the latest tracker report from Futuresource Consulting, a research specialist in media and technology. FoxNext, Zero Latency and Disney’s ILMxLab are just some of the companies that have proven track records showing VR to be a viable business investment. The report shows that Q1 2018 saw significant...

Virtual reality must find its social side to stay ahead of home entertainment

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With almost every major UK city boasting a VR Arcade, the virtual reality industry has emerged as a gaming growth leader. However, if VR ever wants to establish itself alongside traditional AGCs, Alexander Tsyrupa, the man behind London’s DNA venue, argue the technology must keep the social aspect of gaming at its heart. With six months under his belt operating...

Resorts World adds VR to Vortex Gaming area

Birmingham’s Resort World leaps into the future bwith the addition of VR to its Vortex Gaming arcade. Resorts World in Birmingham is the second city’s premier all-in-one leisure location and with its Vortex Gaming area being of particular prominence. All the more reason then that the venue keeps pace with player trending. So it’s no surprise that the multi-faceted arcade...

LAI Games VR ride makes Middle East debut

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LAI Games’ Virtual Rabbids: The Big Ride will make its Middle East debut at the DEAL show next week in Dubai, UAE.   It is the industry’s first attendant-free VR attraction that operates and is serviced like any other coin-op amusement game. Virtual Rabbids recently was awarded the AMOA Innovator Award at this year’s Amusement Expo in Las Vegas. The company said:...

VR heading for the heart of London

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Virtual Reality gaming is set to make its way into the heart of London with the opening of VR Concept at the Gameboxx entertainment space in Elephant and Castle.   The latest showpiece installation in the burgeoning arcade sector will feature an industry first inter-venue league to allow players to compete across a range of sites. Anthony Nixon, director and co-founder of...

Virtual reality arcade enters the heart of Bristol city

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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...

Optimising virtual reality for the arcade: Four experts weigh in

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At research group Greenlight Insight’s Virtual Reality Strategy Conference in San Francisco, VR content creators Nick Cooper of VRX Networks, Vien Ha, CEO of iSimu VR, Marc-Antoine Pinard CEO of Lucky Hammers, and Jonathan Flesher of Baobab Studios, gave their advice on successfully offering virtual reality in an FEC environment. Here are some extracts of that guidance.   Nick Cooper, VRX...

Second UK “VR Zone Portal” opens in Tunbridge Wells

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BANDAI NAMCO Amusement Europe Ltd (BNAE) has opened the second VR Zone Portal™ in the UK, at Hollywood Bowl Tunbridge Wells, Kent.   Earlier this year, BNAE opened their first Virtual Reality location outside of Japan – in the new Hollywood Bowl at London’s O2 Arena. “The opening of VR Zone Portal™ Tunbridge Wells is confirmation of the growing rise of BANDAI NAMCO’s ‘Out...

BANDAI NAMCO installs first AI Solve units into Hollywood Bowl and Tenpin

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BANDAI NAMCO Amusement Europe has signed a distribution deal with AI Solve for its We Play VR location-based VR attraction.   The first units of which were installed into Hollywood Bowl sites over the summer.   The We Play VR attraction comprises of a glass-walled maze in which the player wears a VR mask and backpack and is free to move around...

BANDAI NAMCO and Hollywood Bowl debut VR at the O2 Arena

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BANDAI NAMCO has partnered with Hollywood Bowl to launch VR Zone Portal in the O2 Arena, the first virtual reality gaming suite outside of Japan.   Located inside the bowling alley venue at the O2, two games are initially available to guests: Argyle Shift, a single-player futuristic giant robot sim, and Hospital Escape Terror, a multiplayer VR horror escape game. “The VR...

First VR technology show set for Las Vegas

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The first conference to focus on the advent of VR to amusements, arcades and theme parks is taking place in Las Vegas, on 13- 14 September.   Billed as “the first event focused on the business opportunities presented by immersive technology”, The Future of Immersive Leisure 2017 will include a technology showcase and seminars from a wide range of technology and...

First virtual reality arcade opens in London

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A swathe of virtual reality technologies now exist and in line with the buzz surrounding the emergent technology, London now boasts its first permanent virtual reality arcade. But does VR have long-term potential for amusements operators?   The first full-scale virtual reality (VR) arcade has opened up in London. Based in Islington, the location was picked for its close proximity to...

DNAVR prepare to alter reality in London

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For those wishing to get away from the mundanity of regular old reality, the first ever full-scale virtual reality arcade will soon be opening in foggy old London town via DNAVR, according to UploadVR.   The opening follows on the back of a string of pop-up installations throughout the capital, without any seeing fit as to create a permanent installation. However, DNAVR...

When redemption meets Virtual Reality at pioneering new arcade

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Malaysian casino giant Genting will be combining traditional and futuristic arcade sensibilities in their brand new UK bound FEC gaming concept. So what should we expect when Birmingham enters the Vortex.   A new family-friendly gaming arcade is set to be the latest attraction at the Resorts World Birmingham Complex. Asian casino giant Genting Solihull Ltd, which owns the £150m venue, will...

IMAX set to expand entertainment offering with VR arcades

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The company best known for its gigantic cinema screens, IMAX, has trialled a new product that’s much, much smaller: virtual reality headsets.   Making the announcement at its latest earnings conference, IMAX hailed its virtual reality arcade experiment in Los Angeles, California as a success. In its first quarter results report, the entertainment technology company said it had “agreed with partners to...

Virtual Reality in real life at Cali conference

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This year’s VR Arcade Conference at the AMD Centre in California has announced it will take place on 3-4 April.   With Virtual Reality arcades slowly gaining popularity across the UK, curious operators may want to attend to VR Arcade Conference at the AMD Centre in Sunnyvale, California on 3-4 April. This is the best business conference for VR/AR arcades and the...

CES 2017 – Virtual Reality: Wait no longer

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CES in Vegas ushered in the future earlier this month. Those arcade operators waiting with baited breath for the chance to offer a VR experience to their customers need wait no longer: the time is now. This year’s Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the seminal trade show for cutting edge recreational technologies, was dominated by two letters: VR. There’s...

Juniper Research – VR technology could be a booming coin-op sector by 2021

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A new report from Juniper Research suggests that Virtual Reality technology could be a booming sector in the coin-op industry before 2021. Specialists in digital and gaming markets analysis, Juniper’s whitepaper covers all aspects of the global gaming market. Its central perspective on Virtual Reality is that the cost of products will come down considerably over the next five years...

UK’s second virtual reality arcade opens in Cornwall

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VR Cornwall has opened in Penzance, offering what is only the second virtual reality arcade experience in the country. The new VR experience is the brainchild of Matt Harding, who has a background in website development but has maintained an interest in the virtual reality medium since 2012 when it had a renaissance with the development of the Oculus Rift...

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