Virtual gaming has definitely gained traction in recent years. Mark Zuckerberg’s launch of Meta last year catapulted the concept of augmented reality and virtual reality (VR) into everyday conversation, and the technology has been majorly trending. According to Fortune Business Insights, the global VR market is projected to grow from nearly $8 billion in 2021 to more than $53 billion in 2028.
Many have experienced the concept of a 3D environment when gadgets like the Oculus and Sony PlayStation’s VR headsets were released. Now, a local business is offering the opportunity to experience more fully this immersive world in a very surreal — and thrilling — way.
Croton-on-Hudson’s The Edge VR (33 N Riverside Ave) offers an exhilarating alternative to the tethered and seated games found elsewhere. Owner Adam Anfiteatro and his team’s years of experience in VR hardware and location-based entertainment-game development has enabled them to craft dynamic plotlines that can only be experienced with the use of their own advanced technology. Anfiteatro says this is the world’s first full-body, magnetically tracked VR system.
Proprietary magnetic tracking, combined with wireless streaming, lightweight full-body tracking, and physically interactive props, allow the gamer to be fully immersed in the multiplayer gaming experience. All it takes is a pair of gloves, a light waist belt, leg sensors, and a wireless headset.
Players become be a part of a storyline, narrated by a staffer who administers rules and advice throughout the game. Participants can select their own avatars for the next-level space adventure and visualize themselves, head-to-toe, as their chosen characters. (To look down and see your feet clad in military combat boots even though you’re actually wearing, and can feel, ballet slippers can only be described as trippy.) Players can physically feel the objects they interact with in their new virtual worlds as they move through authentic-looking locations (again, mind-bending). All within the course of a half-hour, players will morph into a soldiers, voyagers, firefighters, and world travelers, tasked with exhilarating missions alongside other players (so invite friends). Perhaps best of all, this high-tech virtual adventure runs just $29.95 per person.
Adrenaline-pumping? Yes. Nail-biting? Absolutely. Arguably the coolest socially interactive experience gamers (and non-gamers) can have currently? Most definitely.