Virtual Reality (VR) is just getting started and trendy Melbourne is as always is keeping up with the times. For the moment, there are really two types of VR experiences. First there is the cinema experience which uses 360 degree video, usually played on a Gear VR headset. Then there is the more interactive VR, often referred to as 6-degrees of freedom VR (Oculus and HTC Vive).
As a co-founder of vArcade, I’m pretty passionate about VR, so I’ve decided to maintain this post as list of all of Melbourne’s VR venues and arcades (in no particular order).
1. vArcade (that’s us!)
vArcade (our own venue) is a collaboration with Escape Room Melbourne (ERM). Our virtual reality arcade provides a few different experiences all using the HTC Vive.
The Variety Package is a curated experience of the best VR titles that are suitable for a general audience. It’s an excellent introduction to VR and demonstrates a range of games and experiences.
There is also a Gamer Package which is a selection of the best action games. This is recommended for people with some gaming experience as the controls are a bit more complex than the Variety Package.
We are also working on an Explorer’s Package which is slower paced and focused on exploring a virtual environment and solving a puzzle or two.
- Website: http://varcade.com.au
- Cost: $28 per person (45 mins)
- Locations: Fitzroy, South Melbourne
2. Zero Latency
Zero Latency is Melbourne’s first VR venue. They provide their own custom zombie shooter game in a large warehouse space that allows players to move around a huge space. It’s an excellent experience and highly recommended.
- Website: https://www.zerolatencyvr.com/
- Cost: $88 per person (1 hour)
- Location: North Melbourne
3. That VR Joint
That VR Joint launched a few weeks before vArcade opened up in South Melbourne. They have an excellent space and provide a variety of VR hardware including HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Racing Simulator Chair and Gear VR for 360 cinema experiences. The venue has a casual and relaxed atmosphere and the freedom to try a bunch of equipment.
- Website: http://www.thatvrjoint.com/
- Cost: $35 (30 mins)
- Location: Collingwood
5. The VR Arena
The VR Arena is a custom built VR game by Virtual Reality Insanity. It’s a 6 v 6 death match game in VR. It’s a great idea but when I went with a few friends back in August the game itself felt like it was in early beta and I suffered a lot of motion sickness. They also offer a few VR tech demos using the Oculus Rift.
- Website: http://www.thevrarena.com/
- Cost: $40 (approx) for an hour
- Location: Clifton Hill
6. Black Site VR
Black Site VR is similar to our own vArcade and offers a few different packages from beginner to advanced. I haven’t personally visited the location yet, so feel free to leave a comment to let me know what you think of the place.
- Website: https://blacksitevr.com/
- Cost: $35 per person (40 mins)
- Location: Springvale
Do you know of any other VR venues or arcades? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to the list.