Affected: The Visit virtual reality experience at Cabot Circus (Image: Bristol Live)
For some people, watching a horror film will induce cold sweats, anxiety and the need to hide behind a pillow. For others, it’s entertainment at its best.
So what about taking part in a horror scenario that feels very, very real?
A virtual reality experience - Affected: The Visit - has opened in Cabot Circus offering people the chance to do exactly that. Based on horror video game ‘Affected: The Manor’, users enter a virtual haunted house and experience a number of “surprising” events.
The experience has been created by technology company Ultrahaptics and gaming studio Fallen Planet, and is on offer at the ImmotionVR centre in Cabot.
Ultrahaptics, which uses ultrasound to allows users to ‘feel’ objects in the air, has employed its tech in the horror game. The experience has been previously shown at trade shows in the USA such as the IAAPA Attractions Expo and CES, but this will be the first time that the UK public will be able to experience it first hand.
Alex Moretti chief executive of Fallen Planet Studios said: “By implementing Ultrahaptics’ mid-air technology we are able to deepen that level of immersion to new levels, without saddling the user with additional hardware for them to navigate.
“This combines to create a compelling out-of-home experience that really has to be felt to be believed.”
Tom Carter, chief technology officer and co-founder of Ultrahaptics, added: “Audiences have really loved Affected: The Visit, but we have only been able to share it with the US so far.
"This collaboration provides an opportunity to showcase UK companies and what they have to offer the growing virtual reality market. We can’t wait to share it with our home audience.”
The experience is open until March 8.