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IMAX opens virtual reality arcade, five more to come

IMAX opened a VR Experience Centre in LA in January
IMAX opened a VR Experience Centre in LA in January
There has been a big push to integrate virtual reality and gaming in the past few years; a push that may be none more so apparent than in the arcade industry.

New VR technology and gaming experiences have become some of the most anticipated and talked about items at trade shows.

With headsets like the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR finally shipping out to customers, 2016 was supposed to be the year virtual reality finally went mainstream.

But, things haven’t worked out that way, paving the way for 2017 to be big for VR as tech media company The Verge explore in their latest article about the IMAX VR Experience Centre in Los Angeles.

“It’s the first of six pilot locations the company plans to roll out, with IMAX targeting China, the UK, New York City, and a second location in California by the end of the year,” Bryan Bishop reports for The Verge.

“But each of those new installations will be tied to cineplex chains, setting up either in a revamped movie theater or in a venue’s lobby.

“The flagship LA center is a standalone location made up of 14 VR “pods” equipped with a combination of HTC Vive and StarVR headsets, and a selection of titles ranging from Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine to John Wick Chronicles.”

Read more about what IMAX is doing with VR on The Verge.


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