Games hub a reality for strip
Matt Zis A VIRTUAL reality gaming centre is about to materialise along Albany Highway’s cafe strip in Victoria Park.
The entertainment is considered the latest fun in computer gaming and is a relatively new frontier in Perth that enables players to be immersed in their own complete room-scale experience.
Gamers wear a visor and headphones and use handheld remotes in specially constructed spaces instead of their bedroom or lounge.
VR Arrival last week gained council approval to change the use of the building next to Dome cafe, which was last occupied as a day spa, into a VR amusement parlour.
It intends to transform the Albany Highway space into nine player cubicles, with individual VR systems including state-of-the-art HTC Vive Pro and wireless capabilities.
The centre would be open Tuesdays to Sundays from late morning to 8pm or 9pm. Gamers would need to be aged 11 years old to play at the centre.
Town of Victoria Park councillor Karen Vernon said it was gratifying a different style of commercial operator had recognised value in the strip.
As well as offering a change from food and beverage options along the strip, both the council and the business operator suggested the attraction would be a good source of diners to support nearby eateries.
Cr Bronwyn Ife said people had been crying out for diversity on the strip and Deputy Mayor Vicki Potter welcomed a facility for teens and young people.
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