AR­CADE WATCH

Keep­ing an eye on the coin-op gam­ing scene

EDGE - - KNOWLEDGE TALK/ARCADE -

Vir­tual re­al­ity’s dis­rup­tive as­sault on the amuse­ment busi­ness con­tin­ues apace with the an­nounce­ment of this new VR cab­i­net, de­vised by con­sole pub­lisher Koei Tecmo. At first, it seems as if the Dy­nasty War­riors maker’s in­volve­ment has been mar­ginal, since the cab is pow­ered ex­clu­sively by Sony hard­ware – in­side you’ll find a PlayS­ta­tion VR head­set, a PS4 Pro and a pair of Move con­trollers – but VR Sense, as the name im­plies, has more to of­fer than just a place to sit down.

Koei Tecmo has an­nounced three games for Sense – GI Jockey Sense, Hor­ror Sense and Dy­nasty War­riors VR – and said more will fol­low if the sys­tem’s pop­u­lar. Yet the real draw is a host of cab­i­net­pow­ered spe­cial ef­fects: a mov­ing seat (for GI Jockey), and fans that blow hot and cold to re­flect tem­per­a­ture changes in Dy­nasty War­riors VR. With Hor­ror Sense, mean­while, Koei Tecmo prom­ises to repli­cate the sen­sa­tion of spi­ders crawl­ing on the skin, the sort of tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance that may have you pray­ing for a cat­a­clysm so that we can go back to liv­ing in caves. The ar­cade sec­tor calls these ef­fects 5D, and it’s en­cour­ag­ing to see Koei Tecmo em­brace the tech­nolo­gies so en­thu­si­as­ti­cally. We may well pass on the op­tionp of a cus­tom-made Dead Or Alive Xtreme, though.

Hard­ware VR Sense Man­u­fac­turer Tecmo

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