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Star Wars VR Center in London

kevinw729kevinw729 Posts: 4,975 Valuable Player
Was wondering if any of the posters here are based in London, and would like to join a party of us being the first to visit the new VOID location:

https://www.thevoid.com/locations/london


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  • vannagirlvannagirl Posts: 2,006 Valuable Player
    Starwars and vr always seem a match made in heaven
    Look, man. I only need to know one thing: where they are. 
  • kevinw729kevinw729 Posts: 4,975 Valuable Player
    There are a number of other IP's that work very well with Arena-Scale VR!
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    ** New Book **
    "The Out-of-Home Immersive Entertainment Frontier: Expanding Interactive Boundaries in Leisure Facilities"
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Out-Home-Immersive-Entertainment-Frontier/dp/1472426959
  • Techy111Techy111 Posts: 6,735 Volunteer Moderator
    Sounds interesting :) I live about 7 miles away. If I'm not working I may pop in ;)
    A PC with lots of gadgets inside and a thing to see in 3D that you put on your head.

  • MorgrumMorgrum Posts: 1,672 Valuable Player
    Techy111 said:
    Sounds interesting :) I live about 7 miles away. If I'm not working I may pop in ;)
    I think I speak for most of us here.
    You lucky Bastard!
    WAAAGH!
  • hareeshreddy8686hareeshreddy8686 Posts: 3
    NerveGear
    Hey kevin yes I'll be there on 18th. Super hyped about it (low-key big Star Wars fan).
  • kevinw729kevinw729 Posts: 4,975 Valuable Player

    Star Wars new premium VR experience pull out all the stops – and makes home VR look silly


    http://www.techradar.com/news/star-wars-new-experience-proves-what-vr-can-do-when-you-pull-out-all-the-stops
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    ** New Book **
    "The Out-of-Home Immersive Entertainment Frontier: Expanding Interactive Boundaries in Leisure Facilities"
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Out-Home-Immersive-Entertainment-Frontier/dp/1472426959
  • DaftnDirectDaftnDirect Posts: 5,458 Volunteer Moderator
    edited December 2017

    I'll let my brother know, he's a Star Wars nut... although he probably has all the details already. I bought him pancake moulds for his birthday & this is his May 4th Facebook post.

    I went with him to the Star Was exhibition in Westminster some time ago.... & asked if this was Starfleet Academy as we went into the Jedi training class and nearly started a riot. 

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  • kevinw729kevinw729 Posts: 4,975 Valuable Player
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    ** New Book **
    "The Out-of-Home Immersive Entertainment Frontier: Expanding Interactive Boundaries in Leisure Facilities"
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Out-Home-Immersive-Entertainment-Frontier/dp/1472426959
  • kevinw729kevinw729 Posts: 4,975 Valuable Player
    P6ftmuw.jpg
    ** New Book **
    "The Out-of-Home Immersive Entertainment Frontier: Expanding Interactive Boundaries in Leisure Facilities"
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Out-Home-Immersive-Entertainment-Frontier/dp/1472426959
  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 14,866 Valuable Player
    edited February 2018
    Star Wars new premium VR experience pull out all the stops – and makes home VR look silly

    A few points here:
    • The Void experience began with a VR Home Unit (the Rift DK2):
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Void_(virtual_reality)
    • Here is what people are forced to wear for this SW experience, "This is coupled with the fact that you wear the computer powering the experience in a laser-quest like breastplate." No one in that outfit should ever accuse someone of "looking silly."
    • The article poses this question, "The return of the arcade?"
      This is a clear indication that arcades are currently dead and trying to make a return. It may happen one day, but those involved may want to be a bit more humble. Forgetting their roots (Home VR with the Rift Demo Kit) and needlessly ridiculing the masses is only going to invite the type of karma that will make "the return of the arcade" that much more difficult.
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  • kevinw729kevinw729 Posts: 4,975 Valuable Player
    P6ftmuw.jpg
    ** New Book **
    "The Out-of-Home Immersive Entertainment Frontier: Expanding Interactive Boundaries in Leisure Facilities"
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Out-Home-Immersive-Entertainment-Frontier/dp/1472426959
  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 14,866 Valuable Player
    edited February 2018

    I'm sure that anyone who has never tried VR would be blown away by something like this. However, here's an honest Review from a Reddit user who was already experienced with the Rift before trying this Void experience:

    I was lucky enough to get a ticket to this on its opening day. I mostly agree with the review... I went in with a teenage kid who had never used VR before and it blew his mind. I've had a rift for a few months at this point and I can say that at present, the Void's tracking solution is really cool in that it can track your hands without gloves or a controller, but it is glitchy. Not so bad that it ruined the experience, but my hands definitely stretched and lagged a few times. The gun tracking worked well though. I agree with the review that it didn't feel very satisfying to shoot.

    It was a really cool experience, but I was disappointed in that it wasn't a very good game. I was hoping for something more like laser tag or paintball, but it's a bit more like a (very thematic) shooting gallery that you walk through. It is very mechanically simple. I play a lot of robo recall because the gun play is so satisfying. But this... I did it once and had fun. I'm glad I did it, but I don't feel like I would ever need to do it again.

    The Void really needs to rethink their core design if they want to have a lot of recurring visitors, especially if they want to appeal to people who already own VR systems. Which I suspect is most of the people who would seek this out to begin with.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/virtualreality/comments/7nmzh7/a_review_of_the_voids_star_wars_secrets_of_the/


    The Reddit user touches on something that I've been saying for over a year: These businesses won't be able to sustain themselves for long if they can't rely on "repeat business" (recurring visitors).  I mean... here we have someone who would rather just go back to playing Robo Recall than visit The Void again. Yikes!

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  • cybersurfervrcybersurfervr Posts: 34
    NerveGear
    Zenny, we are in agreement https://www.reddit.com/r/Vive/comments/7vlj9y/survios_makers_of_raw_data_opened_a_vr_arcade_and/

    Vrcades deserve better and many will fail.
  • LZoltowskiLZoltowski Posts: 6,774 Volunteer Moderator
    Omg, Its like 10 mins drive from me! Will check it out and report back!
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  • Genetix604Genetix604 Posts: 73
    Hiro Protagonist
    I went to the Void yesterday with my Brother and Nephew, we all loved it. I thought it was great moving from room to room and each room having a prop which was in the game but real life as well e.g. seats to sit on, a handle on the wall, some railings and buttons to push. I loved the fact you could feel the heat on the back of you and the wind as you transitioned between ships. Also feeling shots hitting you in the body from storm troopers were great.
    The hand tracking was slightly glitchy but it didn't detract from the game, my brother and I had to position the headset slightly upwards to get the focus correct which I think affected the front cameras.

    All in all a great experience and definitely one I'll do again. It would be good to see a company do it on a larger scale in bigger rooms for longer periods.
  • kevinw729kevinw729 Posts: 4,975 Valuable Player
    .....
    All in all a great experience and definitely one I'll do again. It would be good to see a company do it on a larger scale in bigger rooms for longer periods.

    Great that you all had a good time - was the price okay for you all?

    I can confirm that there are a number of new game experiences planned for the system, and also looking at additional chapters to the base experience. The need for repeat visitation drives much of what is done in Out-of-Home entertainment.
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    ** New Book **
    "The Out-of-Home Immersive Entertainment Frontier: Expanding Interactive Boundaries in Leisure Facilities"
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Out-Home-Immersive-Entertainment-Frontier/dp/1472426959
  • Genetix604Genetix604 Posts: 73
    Hiro Protagonist
    kevinw729 said:
    .....
    All in all a great experience and definitely one I'll do again. It would be good to see a company do it on a larger scale in bigger rooms for longer periods.

    Great that you all had a good time - was the price okay for you all?

    I can confirm that there are a number of new game experiences planned for the system, and also looking at additional chapters to the base experience. The need for repeat visitation drives much of what is done in Out-of-Home entertainment.
    I thought the price was just right in my opinion, the only thing that was a problem was driving around the car park for 45mins trying to find a space but that's nothing to do with the Void (I would get a train next time).

    That's good to hear that's it's not a temporary setup and they are looking at new game experiences.
  • kevinw729kevinw729 Posts: 4,975 Valuable Player
    The London site is temporary, but will travel to a number of other sites in the coming months so all the territory gets their chance.
    P6ftmuw.jpg
    ** New Book **
    "The Out-of-Home Immersive Entertainment Frontier: Expanding Interactive Boundaries in Leisure Facilities"
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Out-Home-Immersive-Entertainment-Frontier/dp/1472426959
  • Hiro_Protag0nistHiro_Protag0nist Posts: 4,923 Valuable Player
    kevinw729 said:
    The London site is temporary, but will travel to a number of other sites in the coming months so all the territory gets their chance.

    Aye, Sarf Landon, the Home Counties, the East End...

     :| 
  • Genetix604Genetix604 Posts: 73
    Hiro Protagonist
    kevinw729 said:
    The London site is temporary, but will travel to a number of other sites in the coming months so all the territory gets their chance.
    Aaaahhh ok, hopefully they'll come down south then as I'm near Winchester......it should only take just over an hour to get there by car but it took two in the end.
  • Hiro_Protag0nistHiro_Protag0nist Posts: 4,923 Valuable Player
    kevinw729 said:
    The London site is temporary, but will travel to a number of other sites in the coming months so all the territory gets their chance.
    Aaaahhh ok, hopefully they'll come down south then as I'm near Winchester......it should only take just over an hour to get there by car but it took two in the end.

    Come Down South? 

    You're just havin a laugh now aren't you!    :D
  • kevinw729kevinw729 Posts: 4,975 Valuable Player
    Leave it geezer!
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    ** New Book **
    "The Out-of-Home Immersive Entertainment Frontier: Expanding Interactive Boundaries in Leisure Facilities"
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Out-Home-Immersive-Entertainment-Frontier/dp/1472426959
  • kevinw729kevinw729 Posts: 4,975 Valuable Player
    P6ftmuw.jpg
    ** New Book **
    "The Out-of-Home Immersive Entertainment Frontier: Expanding Interactive Boundaries in Leisure Facilities"
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Out-Home-Immersive-Entertainment-Frontier/dp/1472426959
  • LZoltowskiLZoltowski Posts: 6,774 Volunteer Moderator
    It's the same mall. Westfield Stratford is on the other side of London ... need to make it to the other location before they close!
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  • kevinw729kevinw729 Posts: 4,975 Valuable Player
    I think there is a miss-understanding on what the Star Wars VR Experience is in London, and what the version in the US is. The UK one is a promotional for the film and tech linked to a deal with the mall. The three locations in the US (soon to be joined by a LV venue) are part of a dedicated facility plan.

    You might be interested in a more permanent venue in Milton Keynes and a new venue in Whitelys London.
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    ** New Book **
    "The Out-of-Home Immersive Entertainment Frontier: Expanding Interactive Boundaries in Leisure Facilities"
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Out-Home-Immersive-Entertainment-Frontier/dp/1472426959
  • Genetix604Genetix604 Posts: 73
    Hiro Protagonist
    kevinw729 said:
    The London site is temporary, but will travel to a number of other sites in the coming months so all the territory gets their chance.
    Aaaahhh ok, hopefully they'll come down south then as I'm near Winchester......it should only take just over an hour to get there by car but it took two in the end.

    Come Down South? 

    You're just havin a laugh now aren't you!    :D
    Alright alright if you live in Scotland, London is in the the South but if you live on the South Coast it feels like the Midlands, especially as it takes so bloody long to drive to with the traffic  ;)
  • LZoltowskiLZoltowski Posts: 6,774 Volunteer Moderator
    Whitelys? Maybe it will save that mall. It's historic and home to a VIP Cinema with fine dining at the screen BUT 1/3 of shops are closed down in it. Its a very expensive area. I wonder why there. It's quite central mind you.
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  • kevinw729kevinw729 Posts: 4,975 Valuable Player
    Opportunity!
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    ** New Book **
    "The Out-of-Home Immersive Entertainment Frontier: Expanding Interactive Boundaries in Leisure Facilities"
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Out-Home-Immersive-Entertainment-Frontier/dp/1472426959
  • rajusharmarajusharma Posts: 0
    NerveGear
    I think there is a miss-understanding on what the Star Wars VR Experience is in London, and what the version in the US is. The UK one is a promotional for the film and tech linked to a deal with the mall. The three locations in the US (soon to be joined by a LV venue) are part of a dedicated facility plan. http://framarootapkapp.com/kik-for-pc/
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