The VOID, the VR paradise?
If reality is our perception of the cosmic void through our limited, malleable senses, then The Void has hyper-reality covered. The Void is, as they say boldly, “the most immersive virtual reality destination… ever” and are pioneering a new application of commercial VR: hyper-reality.
Unlike traditional VR, The Void takes it to the next level by stimulating more of your senses than can with VR experiences at home. As you traverse the game world, you will actually smell the scents of the scene, feel the misty spray as you stand close to a waterfall, feel the rumble of your chest when you are shot by a blaster, and actually touch things around you and feel its texture. Also, by using untethered VR, the user is absolutely free to move about in the VR world without worrying about tangling or tripping on wires. You can let yourself go into hyper reality and experience things firsthand.
While the rooms you are actually exploring are reminiscent of an indoor laser tag arena without the neon, everything looks like props, but they function within the experience. The basic-looking prop wall suddenly becomes suddenly sleek and real to the touch in VR, and the weird stick comes alive with flames and you carry it as a torch through your virtual journey. While I had not experienced The Void yet personally, I can attest to how powerful the immersion can be. I was lucky enough to try the Mario Kart VR.
The staff put the headset over my eyes, noise-canceling headphones over my ears, motion detection controllers on my hands, and put my butt in the chair for a wild ride. As I accelerated, I felt the air from the cart’s fans blow onto me proportionally to the speed and direction, and when I turned or encountered any turbulence from off-roading or from an unpleasant surprise, I actually felt it through the cart as a shifted and shook. All of my senses were convinced that I was in the cartoonish world of Mario Kart.
The Void even takes that a step forward. You don’t even require controllers, their system will detect your bare hands. All you need is your vest with the built-in rumble packs, the VR headset, and the will to explore another world. Currently, The Void’s most popular “experiences” that they host are the Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, Ralph Breaks VR, Ghostbusters Dimension, and their horror title, Nicodemus: Demon of Evanishment.
The Void has a handful of locations scattered around major cities all over the world, and it’s possible that you might be lucky enough to have one near you. If you would like to hear more, check out our friend and partner Justin_tech who has experienced it firsthand! Watch the video here! Justin also reviews a ton of other VR devices and plenty of other gaming technology, so be sure to check out his Youtube channel!
As for my thoughts on VR, it is capable of wild things that go beyond gaming. We aren’t at the level of Ready Player One yet, but it’s getting there. There have been massive strides in the development of VR and AR, and eventually, there could be at a point where VR is at the level of quality and at a reasonable enough price point that most households will have one like they have a TV or a smartphone- and perhaps they will use them for both. Pretty dang cool, right?