Who needs real life when you have virtual reality? From escape rooms to gaming treadmills, here’s where to go for the best VR experiences in Hong Kong
We Hongkongers love our party rooms. And we also love our video games. Combing the best of both worlds, these VR gaming venues invite gamers – and rookies – to strap on some VR goggles and dive into whole new worlds. From intense zombie pirate ships and E-sports arcades to VR-centric party rooms, these VR experiences are the perfect activity to escape reality (and the rain too). Read on to discover the five best places to do so in Hong Kong.
As the name suggests, Awesome VR is pretty... awesome. The VR-centric party hub features three private rooms and a shared space, all equipped with the latest and snazziest VR gadgets – VR treadmill, VR motion chair, HTC Vive, the works. With more than 100 games to choose from, including two player-games and the latest Beat Saber VR game – where Star Wars and Dance Dance Revolution – you’re spoilt for choice. With packages from as low as $50 per hour, you can easily spend a full day there without blowing the bank. $118 for three hours (weekdays), $148 for three hours (weekends).
A high-tech VR arcade in the heart of Causeway Bay. At Playdium, you’ll find top-of-the-line Razer Computers, HTC Vive VR goggles, as well technology that’s not even for sale. There’s no shortage of games either - from zombies and puzzle solving to painting and even therapeutic applications, Playdium has got it all. And yeah, there’s literally a miniature boxing ring to play VR boxing games, it’s pretty sweet. Experience games and electronic sports at a whole new level and plug yourself in the Matrix. $260/hour (weekday), $280/hour (weekend).
Tsim Sha Tsui
Taking zombie games to a whole level, Tsim Sha Tsui’s Sandbox VR invites gamers to fight the disease-ridden undead while attempting to escape an abandoned mansion – all in immersive VR. Sandbox claims to be the world’s first ‘hyper-reality’ escape room, where a squad of three to four friends have the entire green room to themselves for an hour to run wild and kick zombie butt. After the game, players can also enjoy viewing footages of themselves shooting at virtual monsters. Expect plenty of screaming. See here for a taste of it. $288 per person.
Party rooms are not exactly scarce in Hong Kong, especially in Kwun Tong, but V-Owl Station boasts a pretty sweet spacious area complete with dozens of popular VR games, padded walls and comfy sofas. Though the venue usually splits the area into two zones, you can book both zones and battle your friends in epic four-player VR showdowns. What’s more, V-Owl is home to two 4D VR-motion chairs that simulate incredibly authentic motion experiences. Strap in for a rollercoaster ride. Starts from $150/half hour per zone.
The place to go in Hong Kong if you're keen to try the Virtuix Omni, an omni-directional gaming treadmill where gamers can literally walk in any direction they want. VR Arena invites players to fully immerse themselves in these virtual reality games – there are more than 19 games to pick from including zombie infested ones to shoot outs – transporting them to a whole new world without any spatial hindrance. $160/60 mins per person.
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