Australia’s Zero Latency opens first VR arena

Zero Latency opened the doors of the world’s first virtual reality gaming arena in Melbourne, Australia yesterday.

Players carry a backpack containing a computer and wear an Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 headset and carry a gun controller.

The Zero Latency virtual reality arena.

The Zero Latency virtual reality arena.

Sessions are 50-minutes each, and run in the evenings and weekends for groups of up to six players. The game play involves shooting zombies, and tickets are AUS $88 per player.

Players move around in an open space of 400 square meters, but it feels like a larger space inside the virtual reality.

“We reuse the space with some nifty tricks we have developed,” the company said on its website.

The company added that, so far, nausea has not been a significant problem.

“Every part of the system is designed to give you an immersive experience without any of the motion sickness typically associated with virtual reality systems,” they said. “In our testing, out of over 400 people only one has had to stop playing due to motion sickness.”

(Image courtesy Zero Latency.)

(Image courtesy Zero Latency.)

Watch a video about the Zero Latency arena below.

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2 Responses

  1. Tranquillity (InWorldz) says:

    This is totally awesome. When I was a kid a friend of mine and I thought this up except we were thinking you’d be inside of a giant hamster ball that would be allowed to turn, but held stationary on some kind of platform.

    I know there are a lot of treadmills out there that do the same kind of thing now, but being able to freely walk around like this would really get you immersed. Nice job!

  2. The reviews of this arena are starting to come in, and people seem to really love it.

    We Killed Zombies at a Virtual Reality Game Center—And It Was Crazy
    http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/we-killed-zombies-at-a-virtual-reality-game-center-and-it-was-crazy

    Zero Latency: The VR revolution begins in Melbourne, Australia
    http://www.cnet.com/news/zero-latency-vr-entertainment-revolution-begins-melbourne-australia/

    Zombie virtual reality Melbourne: Zero Latency’s city warehouse brings the undead ‘to life’
    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/zombie-virtual-reality-melbourne-zero-latencys-city-warehouse-brings-the-undead-to-life/story-fnkd6ppg-1227517826188

    And a video here:
    http://media.watoday.com.au/technology/digital-life/australias-zero-latency-brings-virtual-reality-to-life-6783303.html