This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 03/12/2017.
New café where you can play virtual reality games has opened in Croydon
There are more than 15 virtual reality experiences and games currently on offer at Limitless-VR.
Croydon is paving the way for the future of video gaming as the borough’s first dedicated virtual reality (VR) experience café has opened.
Limitless-VR opened on High Street, near the TMRW Hub, on Monday (November 27) with the tagline it is “bringing Croydon into the future”.
Customers can pick from a host of games to play, including action shoot ’em up games where you have to take on zombies or driving simulators, while wearing a VR headset and using handheld controllers.
There is more to this VR café than just blasting monsters though. You can have all kinds of adventures around the world and outer space. You can even watch films, music videos or paint your own 3D masterpiece.
Simon Jones, co-owner, said: “I think when people try the VR headset, they will be quite blown away by the experience.
“After my business partner [Mike Bacchus] and I tried it for the first time we were stunned at how far the technology had come.
“We figured Croydon needed this because a tech hub is seemingly starting to materialise here.”
Mr Jones, who grew up in Croydon – attending Purley High School for Boys and working at Allianz Global Assistance on George Street for 20 years, first tried VR a year ago and from then he has wanted to provide a distinctive gaming experience for the people of Croydon.
He said: “What makes us unique is the set up we have. You’re not just putting on a pair of goggles, you get a two metre squared area to explore the reality you are in.”
Included in the shop’s current roster of games is Space Pirate Trainer, described as ‘an official trainer for wannabe space pirates’, Lightblade VR, which Star Wars fans will definitely recognise, among others.
Many different realities are offered as well with a number of team building and simulations to play around with.
A further notable experience you can get to grips with at the store is Waltz of the Wizard, which lets you feel what it’s like to have magical powers.
Limitless-VR has opened at a time where there is an influx of new places to go in Croydon.
Earlier this year, The Heart of Gaming, an amusement arcade, opened in the Whitgift Centre while last month the borough’s first board game cafe The Ludoquist opened on High Street.
And Flip Out London – a warehouse unit filled with 40 different pinball machines, some dating back to 1936 with other modern day versions such as Game of Thrones and The Simpsons – held its grand opening weekend on December 2 and 3.
Mr Jones, 46, said: “There’s a board game café on High Street as well and we think we compliment each other quite well.
“They are providing traditional games and we are providing the future of gaming.”
To experience the virtual realities it costs £20 for 25 minutes or £35 for 50 minutes and this is for up to four people in a group.
Mr Jones, who lives in Sanderstead, said: “Virtual reality attracts a good crowd. It’s for all ages and is very diverse in who it appeals to.”
The centre also has a driving simulator where customers can drive through various locations in virtual reality.
Limitless-VR plan to use this driving rig to hold racing competitions in the future.
For more information go to the Limitless-VR website here.