Those interested in trying out VR in Japan, all while terrifying themselves, will be able to once VR Zone Project i Can officially opens in Tokyo on April 15. Created by Bandai Namco, Project i Can includes a demo area that allows users to experience VR with the HTC Vive. The twist is the demo that has been created. Bandai Namco released a short video showing off what one can expect from Project i Can:
Tracked by motion capture gloves and shoes, and carefully minded by researchers, players stand on a plank of wood, towering above an expansive drop to the city below, and must rescue a stranded cat on the other side. The reactions of the participants are pretty much to be expected. Even though the visuals aren’t hyper-realistic, the fear of falling from that high is nonetheless instilled within the users’ every moment.
This is a demonstration of what I am looking forward to with VR. Not necessarily the potential of plummeting to my death in a virtual space, but how VR can be utilized to create new and unique forms of gaming. The exhilaration of the action in the moment is extremely immersive in VR. Having tried it for myself, you certainly feel amidst the action when the goggles are placed around you and all you can see is the virtual world. You lose track of what’s real and what’s not, and I can imagine a fear of heights becoming all the more real with a demo like this. If this is what we can expect with VR in its early days, I am looking forward to seeing where the technology will be in five years.