Virtual Reality is a newer, exciting trend in gaming. It allows one to enter and explore completely new worlds simply by strapping on a special headset. There are all kinds of games that can be played in VR now, ranging from intense shooting games to clever puzzle games, and everything in between. There’s honestly something for everyone when it comes to VR gaming. However, the big issue with getting into VR gaming is the cost of the needed equipment. Now, though, there is a way to enjoy the amazingness of virtual reality gaming without having to purchase all the expensive gear. VR arcades are a new and upcoming business for those who wish to enjoy virtual reality but don’t want to shell out hundreds of dollars to do so. There’s one known as Vivid VR Gaming, and it’s right here in Western New York!

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Vivid VR Gaming opened in WNY a couple of years ago, but has been at their current location in Depew for about two months. This VR arcade features six room-scale setups and four seats for racing games all using HTC Vive headsets. The equipment used there is impressive. The headsets fit comfortably and are lightweight, which prevents any head movement from feeling cumbersome. The padding around the eyes not only add comfort, but prevent the player from seeing the world around them, adding to the immersion into the digital world. The noise-canceling headphones also add to the immersive experience. It’s easy to forget that the game you’re in isn’t the real world. Don’t worry, you won’t be bumping into things or smacking your friends. The controllers have straps for your wrists, and if you move too far in one direction, you’ll see a message telling you to step back or forward more. The arcade’s owner foresees the possibility of using equipment backpacks for free-roaming virtual reality in the near future.