The VOID Theme Park: Future of Immersive Virtual Reality + Physical Reality Gaming Experience
The future of immersive gaming and entertainment is here! A Salt Lake City, Utah based virtual reality startup company The VOID VR has released an exciting pitch demo video on May 4th on The Void’s official Youtube channel.
“Our technology allows us to create the illusion that the player is exploring miles of terrain or incredibly tall structures without ever leaving our game pod. The end result is a physical connection to the virtual world and a sense of exploration never before possible.” By The VOID
The VOID VR News Update
The VOID CTO James Jensen said during a live episode of Gunters Universe #13:
” We’re already looking at land in 10 other locations, so once we get our beta center open, we’re going to immediately start building [them]. We’re hoping to get about 230 locations across the US and internationally within the next 5 years.”
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Teaming Up With The VOID?
According to Road to VR, the The VOID is talking to National Geographic, James Jensen said:
” We’re actually signing a deal with national geographic to do some experiences for them… [the possibilities are] endless, you can go to depths of the ocean, go to Atlantis, see crazy sea monsters at the bottom of the ocean. They were talking about maybe doing an experience where you’re jumping through portals and visiting all kinds of different places across the world, which would be kind of a cool experience, and release for our premier next year.”
Moving Towards the Future of Entertainment Interview W/ CTO James Jensen By Digital Culture LA
The VOID Virtual Entertainment Centers: Virtual Reality Theme Park
Essentially, The VOID is blending physical reality with virtual reality, and is building a physical environment, a virtual reality theme park, dubbed “Virtual Entertainment Centers” to work with the virtual environment that shows in user’s field of view on their VR headset ( HMD ). The VOID is in partnership with partnerships with UNITY 3D, Evermore, and Optimal Design.
And according to The VOID CTO James Jensen, the VOID entertainment center will be open 24/7! This is super cool, if we are bored at night, we can just go to the center and play all night long! I mean, who needs a girlfriend when we can play fully immersive VR games!!!
The VOID: The Ultimate Realistic VR Gaming Experience
The VOID gaming experience will last at least 30 minutes, the first “The VOID Virtual Reality Entertainment Center” @ Salt Lake City, Utah will have seven 60 x 60 foot spaces, each room will have each own layout and is module. Th capacity for each room is to accommodate up to 10 players at once!
The Void is taking on different concept than majority of virtual gaming equipment such as a virtual treadmill simulator, which you must stay and move inside the treadmill as the base scrolls.
In The Void’s virtual world, users will be explore, battle, fight and warder through deep jungle, war-zone, other planet with robots and aliens, and the darkest dungeons with fierce, fire-breathing dragon!
The Void’s advanced virtual reality technologies enable users to enjoy and participate in physical and virtual gaming at the same time. Physical equipment such as a gun controller that will be shown as a futuristic laser gun and a box-like device that will be shown as a candle lantern in user’s virtual field of view!
The Rapture Virtual Reality Gaming Equipment
In The Void, you can play alone or you can team up with friends. Wearing The Void’s very own “Rapture” virtual reality equipment, including Rapture Head Mounted Display ( HMD), Rapture Glove ( enable users to have a virtual view of their hands ), Rapture Vest ( will respond when you’ve been hit or attacked ).
The Body Tracking Challenge In The VOID
Ken Bretschneider told Washington Post, that his body-tracking system is a work in progress, and the hardest challenge. The Void’s body-tracking system relies on sensors with microprocessors built in to crunch data. That will speed up the whole operation.The computers that run the experience need to constantly know the exact position of a player’s head and hands. If a player suddenly jumps, or sprints down a hallway, the video feed will need to keep up to preserve the reality of the experience, and prevent the player from getting nausea. ( via Washington Post )
The VOID's Rapture VR Headset
The Void’s Rapture VR headset has a curvy-screen, according to Ken Bretschneider, the headset'll expand the players’ field of view ( FOV ). The VOID team is aiming to provide a 160-180 degrees field of view.
Dual High-Density Curved OLED Displays (1080p per-eye beginning resolution).
Quantum Dots (nearly doubling perceived resolution & color range).
Custom Optics (our own proprietary lens-in-lens design).
High-Quality THX Headphones (featuring in-game binaural sound design).
Super-Gain Inline Microphones (for in-game communications).
Proprietary Global Head Tracking Sensors (running at 120Hz providing sub-millimeter accuracy).
The Rapture Simulator
In order to make the virtual experience even more realistic, The Void’s physical gaming environment is enhanced with special effects and additional equipment such as smokes and a two-seat hi-tech simulator!
The VOID CEO: Ken Bretschneider
The VOID CEo Ken Bretschneider is man with big VR vision and dream! Bretschneider who leads a 30+ people strong The VOID Team, had pour $13 Milliion of his own $$$ to make his VR and The VOID come true. Below are his quote from an interview with Washington Post.
“If we want an area to feel like a metal surface, it can feel like metal, if we want it to be organic, and we want it to feel like a cave wall, we can make it feel like a cave wall.”
“There isn’t any way to be able to go out and create the full potential of virtual reality in the home market, it became really apparent to me that we needed to build a facility where people could come to and not have to worry about hooking up virtual reality, making it work and trying to run around inside their house.”
According to The Void, the Virtual Entertainment Centre will open its door in 2016. The first Virtual Entertainment Centers will be in Utah, and future plans to open in more states across U.S., South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The price to enter and play in the theme park has not been disclosed. If there is any news, we will keep you informed.
The VOID Demo video looks extremely promising as The Void project seems to have successfully combined devices and objects in physical reality that works perfectly with virtual reality imagery, visual and environment!
If The Void Theme park really live up to its promising video demo, and is truly as good as it’s shown, it’s would be like a wet dream comes true for gamers, laser-tag players, survival game enthusiasts, digital nerds, sci-fi fans, Starwar fans and Star Trek fans alike! We are definitely among them and looking forward for its debut in 2016!
Image & Content Sourcs: The Void, The Creators Project, Daily Mail UK, Road to VR, Washington Post, Digital Trend