The exclusive multiplayer, free-roam virtual reality experience is exclusive no more after Zero Latency inked a partnership that will take their VR gaming system beyond Australian borders. The Melbourne-based technology company announced that on July 22, doors will be opened for gamers who want a piece of virtual reality experience in Japan.
Where the Experience is Headed
The start-up company and Sega Live Creation said that a second Zero Latency warehouse-scale virtual reality experience will be permanently installed in the Tokyo amusement park, Joypolis. This will be in time for the 20th anniversary of the division from Sega.
Executive Vice President for Sega Live Creation, Kasuhiko Hayami talked about his experience on the warehouse-scale VR game and admitted he was completely blown away.
“We knew we were witnessing the birth of a new medium, and we wanted to be involved straight away. We are only at the early stages of understanding what free-roam VR is capable of — it’s one of the most exciting technologies coming to market today.”
In Melbourne, the company used wireless VR technology to track players as they roam a warehouse-sized space and fend off zombies. Players can be up to six in number who can play as a team to complete a mission and will be see each other as avatars.
What to Expect from the Virtual Reality Experience
In Japan, the Zero Latency FRVR set-up will have to fit the large environment of the indoor Joypolis. This was also confirmed by Zero Latency CEO, Tim Ruse who said that improvement have been made since the launching of the FRVR experience in Australia last year with the release of a new tracking software and hardware.
“We are also rolling out customized HMD’s from Sensics using the OSVR platform. We also have new controllers. So it’s come a long way. We have been iterating the games and hardware to make sure all our learning have been embedded in suite of products for our global roll-out.”
Apart from the new controllers and new backpacks that are more comfortable to carry, Ruse said that they already have new VR headsets made by Sensics. The company also commented that the Oculus Rift gear used then was not durable enough to be used by consumers.
Future plans of the company include helping in the design, installation and providing on-going support of what they call a “business in a box” for interested global partners like China, U.S and Europe. However, concrete details are not yet available and FRVR enthusiasts can only hope and wait these rumors become reality soon.