Hey kids, a virtual reality arcade has opened in Cape Town

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What next? Flying cars. Gosh, I hope it’s flying cars. Or food replicators. Or a supercomputer that types this stuff for me so I can go do whatever I want instead. Like, oh, I don’t know, maybe play games at the new VRCade in Cape Town. I mean, I would if VR didn’t make me instantly projectile vomit. But for everybody else – the future is now.

For the next two weeks or so, VRCade will be hosting a pop-up arcade at Workshop17’s events space at the Waterfront, before a proper launch event on the weekend 27-28 August. As a bonus incentive, advance booking prices are also 33% off all month, plus an additional 15% off if you post about your visit on the company’s social media pages.

“Virtual Reality (VR) is about to explode globally, but to have a really world class VR experience you need expensive equipment and lots of space. Most South Africans can’t afford either,” says Zach Joubert, MD at VRCade. “We want to make VR more accessible to people, giving them a top-notch experience without the investment.”

VRCade’s attractions include:

  • Multiplayer VR gaming and VR experiences. Networked VR rigs let gamers enter the same virtual environment together. Currently, there are four rigs with plans to scale these up.
  • Watch friends play VR from the player’s perspective. Each rig is connected to a TV enabling people hanging out at the VRCade to watch what’s happening from the player’s perspective.
  • Mixed-reality green-screening: even more compelling than watching from the player’s perspective is merging VR with the real world using green screens. In about two weeks VRCade will allow audience members to watch their friends inside of the VR environment.

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“Before consoles, friends used to hang out in video game arcades,” added Joubert. “It was a social experience where people had shared experiences and a lot of fun. We want to bring that back.”

You can find out more on VRCade’s website.

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