Paris. You imagine a city of love, beautiful architecture, and a home to the greatest art in the world. Now, the City of Light is trying to be known for more than beauty and history. They're involved in cutting edge VR technology and now have the largest VR facility in the world.
A new tech sector of the city is booming and mk2, a French cinema operator, have created a permanent, public place to try out the latest VR technology. The center is located within Paris's third largest movie theater which attracts over 2 million people each year.
Interested in hosting all that VR currently has to offer, the Center features Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, MSI, and PS VR hardware. Currently featuring 12 games and 12 VR pods for "individual experiences," gamers can try out the best virtual reality has to offer without investing a ton into the burgeoning technology.
Curious about what you could play if you take a trip over the pond? The center features:
- Birdly by SOMNIACS (a mk2 exclusive)
- Assassin's Creed Experience VR by Twentieth Century Fox
- Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One X-Wing VR Mission by Electronic Arts
- The Climb by Crytek
- Homebound Joyride by Quixel
- Introduction to VR by Felix & Paul Studios
- The Walk by smartVR Studio
- Eagle Flight by Ubisoft
- Ocean Descent by Sony London Studio
- Space Pirate by I-illusion
- Holofit by Holodia
Birdly is considered one of the best VR simulators ever made and is found only at mk2. Though the other games can be found elsewhere, there's no public facility that has the range of games and technology as this new mk2 center. Plus, you'll get to see 12 people freaking out like this guy:
Of course, these games are going to cost more than a couple quarters. To enter the center costs, €12 for 20 minutes and €20 for 40 minutes of play. That equates to about $12.50 and $20.85 to experience cutting edge virtual reality. Not a bad price to check out the latest technology, though when you tack on a flight to France, it does get a little costly.
The center expects to have around 10,000 guests in the new year and maybe you'll be one. If you find yourself in Paris and you're bored with the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, take a step into the world of VR and see the future of gaming.