A virtual reality café might be heading to Kenmore Square, if entrepreneur Nick Lee has his way.
Lee says on the funding site that he lived in Asia in 2012 and noticed that PC gaming was a popular trend among young people there. His goal is to bring the form of social entertainment to Boston’s large population of young people, but with an additional feature: virtual reality games.
Though the initial start-up cost is $50,000, Lee says that the café will feature The Virtuix Omni and Oculus Rift, two virtual reality games that some gamers cannot afford to have at home. (The Omni costs $499.00 and the Rift will set you back $350.00).
According to The Omni’s website, the game is “the first virtual reality interface for moving freely and naturally in your favorite game,” meaning users can walk and run around virtual worlds using their own feet.
Where can you go (virtually) using Omni?
The game’s website says it can be used for fitness and training, tourism, and trips to tradeshows, concerts, museums and architecture.
According to The Rift’s website, the product features “low latency 360 degree head tracking,” which means users can do a full turn-about in their virtual world and “every subtle movement of your head is tracked in real time.”
At the moment, Lee has a lot of headway to make in the fundraising department: On Kickstarter, he has a goal of $25,000 by August 13, and currently has only three backers who have pledged a total of $11. Luckily, he still has 56 days to draw support.
Would you go to a virtual reality café?
Lee says on IndieGoGo that the socializing aspect of gaming (which is lost on players who game in the glow of their TV screens at home), is what could make his business venture a success.
The Good Game wesbite’s “weekly events” page says the café would feature Sunday “Movie & TV Show Night,” Thursday “Ladies Night,” Friday “Fight Night Tournaments,” and more.
The café is an interesting concept, and gamers seem to be looking for something fresh: According to BGR, May 2014 was the first period in six months where software sales haven’t seen a decline.
Boston Business Journal reports that Kenmore Square is Lee’s ideal spot, so keep an eye out for a new potential place to get your caffeine fix while fighting crime and scaling mountains...virtually, of course.Justine Hofherr can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her @Jhofherr29