Combining virtual reality tech in a real world setting, The Void is a multiplayer playground with physical arenas which recreate virtual environments in games you experience via custom wireless headsets and room-scale tracking to allow players to move around the space. Binaural sound, in-line microphones, VR gloves and haptic vests add to the total immersion. When you turn a corner in VR, you turn a corner in real life.
It combines motion tracking with elements of the real world, such as wind, walls, changes in elevation, vibrations, heat and cold sensations, and simulated sprays of water, moisture and smells. You can walk around and touch things that match up with fantasy worlds seen via the headset.
Ken Bretschneider, the tech entrepreneur who funded the first park in Utah, says that the games will change quarterly. “I can take you into a multiplayer game scenario and you can play that way, but I can also take you into an educational adventure. I can take you into a puzzle-solving adventure. I can have you live a film. I can take you into a museum of the future,” he says. “There are really no limitations.”