Are you curious to attend that new virtual reality place on your local high street, but have some questions about it?
New to the world of experience days, there are now many companies that can offer you and your family virtual reality (or VR) days and in this article, the most common questions asked about them are answered. So, read on to learn if they are the ideal day out for you and your children, or if they are better suited to a stag night!
What is VR and how does it work?
A virtual reality experience in London is a computer-simulated 3D environment, that you can move around in or engage with while wearing a headset. This engagement with the 3D surroundings often works by a device in the headset tracking your eye movements and adapting the 3D landscape to where you are looking or how your eyes are moving.
What does the typical experience include?
This will depend on where you attend for your VR experience.
However, typically, you will be given a demo session to help you learn how to use the equipment and to familiarise yourself with the VR environment. This is also a good time to talk to the team who is going to be supervising you and ask them questions.
Then, your experience will follow and should last from anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour. Based on the company you book with; you may be able to win medals too for your bravery or high score in the game. Great!
Can I play if I have epilepsy?
Many of the makers of VR headsets etc. advise against playing them if you have epilepsy.
This is because of the frequent use of strobe lights in the games or the quickly changing light settings that accompany many of the game scenarios.
But to be on the safe side, it is always worth discussing suitability for such things with your doctor alongside advising the company you want to book an experience day with.
Are there age restrictions on games?
Many places that offer VR experiences have age restrictions on their games. And yes, this is usually related to the content of the games themselves.
Considering that most VR games revolve around an attack scenario, such as zombies or other associated horrors/survival cliches, it is easy to see why they wouldn’t want children engaging in such games!
However, many VR companies can offer child-friendly experiences too; these will usually be shorter than the age-rated experiences. But, as always, call ahead before you book anything!
Are most VR experiences expensive?
In short, they are not as pricey as you may think.
As VR has become more popular as the focus of a day out, more companies can offer it to patrons. And as a result, there is now competition on how little companies can charge if you want to have a day out chasing zombies.
But, as is the way with most experience days, the quality, time and other aspects of your VR experience will differ. So, before booking anything, it may be worth having a conversation with the suppliers about what is included in the price, so you can be sure that you are getting good value for money.