Do you live in Cape Town and have been dying to get your eyes into the stunning visuals of Oculus’ Rift?
Well, after its huge success at the recently held Electronics & Gaming Expo, VRCade will be setting up shop close to Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront.
If you’ve never heard of this, here’s the juice: The VRCade is a virtual reality (VR) arcade where you can don the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive and get some game time on these awesome headsets.
The reason why VRCade Managing Director Zach Joubert decide to set up a space for people to enjoy VR, is because it is actually very expensive to buy.
“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. We want to make VR more accessible to people, giving them a top-notch experience without the investment, he said.
And VRCade know a thing or two about setting up a business, as it is a graduate of the Venture Lab Incubator run by MTN and the UCT Graduate School of Business.
So over the next three weekends, a pop-up arcade will be run in Workshop17’s events space before VRCade permanently opens its doors on 25 August. A launch event will be held on the last weekend of the month, from 27 to 28 August.
“Before consoles, friends used to hang out in video game arcades. It was a social experience where people had shared experiences and a lot of fun. We want to bring that back,” he added.
Rally driving game DiRT will be available for those who want to try their VR hand at racing through the dirt and dust, but Joubert explained that hunting zombies will always be hugely popular – which is why HordeZ will definitely be there. Other games that you will be able to play is Elite Dangerous and Subnautica – among others.
“Everyone over the age of seven is welcome to come and have fun at the VRcade. No prior gaming experience is required, although your gaming friends might have an edge over you at the start.”
VRCade is running promotional prices for August, with an additional 33% discount for anyone who books in advance. Qualify for a further 15% off with user-generated content by posting your gaming experience at VRCade to its Facebook and Twitter pages.
If you are curious as to what HordeZ looks like, take a squizz at the video below: