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Posted 6/13/17
Imagine running and jumping around in S kyrim, feeling the breeze against your face and the fire spells in your hands, smelling the fields of flowers, and the sway and weight of a sword, all in brilliant Virtual Reality.



Hey guys, so i got to thinking about it and realized,how much would you actually be willing to pay for a virtual reality arcade per hour?

I mean like a full on VR Experience, where you can run, jump, see, smell, and feel the VR world.

What do you guys think? Im really interested in your responses
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As someone who is very interested in the potential of VR but who doesn't own any of the VR hardware available yet, I would love something like this. I would love a way to actually try VR and dip my toe into the water without investing big money into just the promise of something maybe coming down the line that I want. That said, it wouldn't really matter to me if the place had all of the bells and whistles of enhancing the VR experience. I would just like a place I could go to cheaply experience what VR has to offer.
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StriderShinryu wrote:

As someone who is very interested in the potential of VR but who doesn't own any of the VR hardware available yet, I would love something like this. I would love a way to actually try VR and dip my toe into the water without investing big money into just the promise of something maybe coming down the line that I want. That said, it wouldn't really matter to me if the place had all of the bells and whistles of enhancing the VR experience. I would just like a place I could go to cheaply experience what VR has to offer.


If you just want the VR (just visuals) part, most android phones (not sure about iOS) are VR capable (stuff like the newer Samsung Galaxy S series), you could probably toss about $15 for Google Cardboard (as the name implies, it literally a piece of cardboard and some lenses for the VR effect)


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Imagine running and jumping around in Skyrim, feeling the breeze against your face and the fire spells in your hands, smelling the fields of flowers, and the sway and weight of a sword, all in brilliant Virtual Reality.

Hey guys, so i got to thinking about it and realized, how much would you actually be willing to pay for a virtual reality arcade per hour?
I mean like a full on VR Experience, where you can run, jump, see, smell, and feel the VR world.
What do you guys think? Im really interested in your responses


I'm not sure current technology is yet capable of recreating smells (unless its specific to that one game/show), and running around wearing a pair of goggles which blocks your view of your real surroundings doesn't yet sound like a safe/smart idea (i.e. running after a character, and crashing into a wall in RL).

If it did exist with today's technology, I can imagine it would be expensive..
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You are looking for a full dive experience, in which sense it could be similar to real life. Now but MMORPG could be so much better than real life, but in reality you could be rotting away in real life. Then there is the option of transferring consciousness into a computer in which you go completely VR and live in a VR world. But then a well simulated VR world is just another real life world where you could have the freedom of switching to the MMORPG of your choice. Or that you could transform the real world with the AR world. There is also the possibility of AR
Posted 6/13/17
The Void is similar to what you're talking about. I went to the Ghostbusters one in NYC and it was pretty intense because the entire area was laid out in a way so that it somewhat felt "real" (4D is what movie theaters call it). You get gusts of wind when a ghost goes through you and the likes. At the end of the day, I think these kinds of experiences are what really shows off the possibility of virtual reality - but it requires an entire warehouse to be laid out in a way that it reflects the in-game "area".
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Posted 6/13/17
Believe it or not guys, all of this already exists. Thats why im asking, how much would you pay for it? Want to know how much i should charge XD
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Believe it or not guys, all of this already exists. Thats why im asking, how much would you pay for it? Want to know how much i should charge XD


I paid around $30 for a one-off "adventure" through The Void. I don't think I'd pay that much for such an experience again. Closer to $10-15 per trip. I understand why it cost more due to the construction (build up/build down) method but it's not so amazing that it was worth the $30.
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Posted 6/13/17
Now were getting somewhere! How much time did you have in there?
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Now were getting somewhere! How much time did you have in there?


It was about 15-20 minutes altogether. That includes getting the proton pack (aka, the computer), the headset, and the proton gun put on and taken off. These experiences aren't necessarily that long because of the lines that they tend to have (the wait would be outrageous otherwise). So, I'd say it was around $1.50-2 per minute depending on what you consider "the experience" (like strapping up and taking off the equipment).
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Wow, thats not cheap
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Wow, thats not cheap


Some people (like my stupid self) will give it a try at least once. The few will go through it multiple times and pay around $120 for a group of four to go in and kill ghosts.

At the moment, I'd compare it to an escape room or something similar. It fits a niche that some people will pay some money to do once or twice but you won't have that many return customers.
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Posted 6/13/17
What would you consider a good price for a VR Arcade by the hour? I mean like Dave and busters, except its like 25 full rigs. You would stay in place because you would be hooked up to an Omni-Directional-Tredmill
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