World’s largest virtual reality gaming venue opens in Birmingham
One of the world’s most advanced and pioneering virtual reality gaming experiences has opened a base in the heart of Birmingham.
Sandbox VR has opened its largest ever venue in Birmingham’s Bullring and Grand Central Shopping Centre.
The new site in Birmingham boasts 13,000 sq. foot of world class VR gaming, with 6 VR rooms, also known as “holodecks”, making it the largest Sandbox VR venue in the world, complete with a hospitality offering.
Sandbox VR Birmingham provides an immersive full-body virtual reality experience unlike anything seen before in the world of virtual reality gaming.
Up to six players are collectively immersed as if they were living inside a movie or game, experiencing a full spectrum of adrenaline-fuelled emotions as they enter worlds of swashbuckling pirates, zombie apocalypses, or soar above the clouds in a space elevator.
Players can select various characters such as elves, wizards, warriors, astronauts, buccaneers, pilots, soldiers, etc, and explore various landscapes that are lush with colour, fly away to distant galaxies or explore haunted houses full of dread and dynamic atmosphere.
Depending on what game the players select they will get the opportunity to battle fire-breathing dragons that fly overhead, engage in combat with skeletons armed with swords, or dodge deadly robots skulking in spaceships.
Harnessing a gear change in technological advances, powered by a new generation of Hollywood motion capture cameras and technology, players can interact with one another in a gaming system built for competitive socialising.
The cutting edge technology and software allows players to experience touch, vibration and motion as they work their way through the landscape of their chosen game.
After playing, all guests are invited to socialise in comfort as they watch their experience highlights whilst enjoying a cocktail made by the UK’s first permanent robotic bartender, created by Italian design company Makr Shakr.
A spokesperson for Sandbox VR Birmingham, said: “Toni” the robotic genius can serve up to 80 drinks per hour, performing complex motions such as shaking, stirring, and muddling.
“It can even dance! Toni delivers a totally unique cocktail and mocktail experience.
“For those worried about robots taking over the world, fear not, there will also be a fully functional human bar serving up a variety of refreshments for those needing a drink after slaying zombies or fighting pirates.”
The Birmingham venue also has a dedicated area that can be hired for private events, be it corporate parties, or with family and friends.
Andy Scanlon, Head of Sandbox UK and Ireland, said: “Following our successful launch in London, we wanted to kick off our expansion across the UK and Ireland by launching our latest site in the UK’s second city. It will be the biggest ever Sandbox VR to date.
“As the West Midlands best-connected retail and leisure destination, Bullring and Grand Central is the ideal location to launch our second UK site.”
Sandbox VR Birmingham is open seven days a week, and bookings can be made online at this link.