TAK­ING THE PLUNGE WITH VIR­TUAL RE­AL­ITY

We have fun at the fair and ex­plore the deep blue with HTC Vive

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HTC Vive held a sneak peek of their four vir­tual re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ences in Dubai. I am no gamer and, frankly speak­ing, I don’t know how to work my way through the joy­sticks, but I was quite ex­cited to see how vir­tual re­al­ity games work.

Us­ing a set of VR gog­gles and two con­trollers, I ex­pe­ri­enced all four games:

AMUSE­MENT PARK

This ex­pe­ri­ence was great fun. It’s like be­ing in an amuse­ment park or rather a fair where you can do archery, knock off pins with var­i­ous balls and bats, squirt paint into clowns’ mouths and plenty other games.

This one is spe­cially cre­ated with the new NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1080 graphic card. This ex­pe­ri­ence will be a huge hit with chil­dren.

SPACE PI­RATES

This vir­tual re­al­ity game has zom­bies and the con­trollers in your hands serve very nicely as guns. Sen­sors map out the space on the floor where you can safely walk.

It’s a bit hard hit­ting for a non-gamer like me.

How­ever, ex­pe­ri­enced gamers will en­joy this ex­pe­ri­ence very much.

GOOGLE TILT BRUSH

This was my favourite ex­pe­ri­ence. There are num­ber of brushes to choose from to make your per­fect mas­ter­piece.

There are also some present de­signs, such as a wa­ter­fall, on which you can draw and paint.

The best part is when you walk within your art­work to fill in colour or add a stroke. This ex­pe­ri­ence is beau­ti­ful for those who en­joy art and cre­ativ­ity.

DEEP BLU EX­PE­RI­ENCE

You don’t need the con­trols in this ex­pe­ri­ence. What you need is courage.

It’s like you are on a boat ex­pe­ri­enc­ing marine life, and while I am en­joy­ing the scenery, a huge whale comes close to me and sur­rounds my en­tire view.

The whale is then star­ing at me with one eye. It’s a bit creepy and scary.

The ex­pe­ri­ence is very real and though I know it’s vir­tual re­al­ity and that the whale can’t do any­thing, I took off the VR glasses.

HTC Vive has been launched glob­ally, but a UAE date has not been con­firmed yet.

It re­tails in the US for $799 (Dhs2,900). veathika@7days.ae Watch our video about HTC Vive on the 7DAYSUAE YouTube chan­nel.

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