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January 16th, 2020
Virtual reality rooms can be an awesome experience for a date, a family outing or hanging out with friends. It’s a breathtaking experience if you’ve never experienced VR before so if you’re new – you’re in for a special treat. If you’re not new – you still get to experience new VR gear and special custom-made games only available at VR centers.
Here are the 5 best VR rooms/arcades in the US:
New York City
VR World NYC
VR World NYC
8 E 34th St.
New York, NY 10016
VR World NYC is a virtual reality center offering fun, social experiences for both single player and multiplayer games.
Over 50+ different VR experiences are available ranging from games, film, music to art.
They are the largest VR center in North America – covering 12,000 square feet of play area across 3 floors.
Special Equipment: VR World NYC has world class equipment to enhance the VR experience, most notable:
A racecar chair, pedal and wheel.
A plank to walk on
Special chairs for each experience
And the best one – a Moveo VR cockpit that moves in all 360 degree directions:
Virtual Reality Arcade Hollywood
6519 Hollywood blvd,
Los Angeles, CA
VR Arcade Hollywood has over 30+ titles in stored for you try as well as an awesome party atmosphere.
Moving capsule chairs that rock back and forth
4847 Old Orchard Shopping Center,
Skokie, IL 60077
MassVR is a VR room in Chicago. It’s unique because it doesn’t offer dozens of games like most other places. Instead, they offer two custom gaming experiences: Hallow Realm and VR Champions (both are exclusive titles only available at MassVR)
Hallow Realm is an arena-scale multiplayer horror game, played in a 16,000 square feet area.
VR Champions is a multiplayer first person shooter where the goal is to infiltrate the opposing team’s base and destroy their power core, while the opposing team is trying to do the same.
Having such a massive play zone allows you to run around freely and be fully immersed in the experience:
Two custom arena-scale games
Large 16,000 square feet room that allows real world movement
ExitusVR is a multiplayer VR escape room that offers an ever growing 10+ collection of their own custom-made VR games which you can find on their website: ExitusVR
These games are solely a standing or sitting experience – there’s no real world movement required. An example of their games is Mind Horror where you play as a detective and you dive inside the mind of a serial killer who has kidnapped a child and hidden her in an unknown location.
Most the escape room games are multiplayer and support 2-6 players, but they also allow single players to play Oculus and HTC Vive titles.
Custom escape room games
Teamwork required to solve puzzles
Games last between 55-60 minutes each
903 E. Bitters Ste. 310
San Antonio TX 78216
Cosmic Mayhem is a bar where you can order alcohol whilst playing mini-golf at the same time. On top of that, they’ve added a VR arcade which allows you to play single player and multiplayer games.
They’ve got VR escape room games which you can book for on their website. The two escape room games offered are: Beyond Medusa’s Gate and Escape the Lost Pyramid.
A bar that serves alcohol combined with mini-golf and VR arcade
Escape room games that require teamwork
Suitable for all ages
Perfect for family night outs, hanging out with friends or birthday parties
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a Virtual Reality Room cost?
It depends on how many people you’re booking and whether you’re booking a room or a session. A virtual reality room cost usually starts at $30/hr (per person) and can go up to $80/hr, especially if you’re booking an entire arena scale game. Some places have tickets which allow you to use the place for the entire day and it’s much cheaper that way.
What are the advantages of going to a VR room over having a VR headset?
Big play space
Multiplayer games and social fun. Great for getting your friends into VR
Large array of games
Custom games you can’t play elsewhere
Try out new headsets
Are VR rooms safe?
Absolutely! You got instructors teaching you how to use the devices and also watching over you.
Are the puzzles in VR escape rooms challenging?
Yes they are! Most people don’t pass them, but this largely depends on the game you’re playing.
Will I get motion sickness from these VR centers?
You only get motion sickness from games that have artificial motion (ones where you have to use the controller to move your character). Stationary games and room scale games (where you have to use your body to move) won’t cause motion sickness. Contact the place if you’re unsure what is offered.