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You can be standing in a room in Derby and be terrified of stepping six inches forward for fear of falling off a cliff and plunging to a grisly death.
It is the kind of heart-stopping experience available at the UK’s first wireless virtual reality arcade which has just opened up in Derby city centre .
It offers a wide range of fabulous adventures, including mountain climbing, visiting historical landmarks such as the Colosseum or the Louvre, or becoming a Formula One Grand Prix driver.
Virtual reality completely immerses a person in a whole different world.
The arcade, Pulse VR-X, has just opened up at 29 Green Lane, in Derby city centre and is the first of its kind to have headsets without wires connected.
It means users can move more freely, making the experience far more realistic.
Danny Gregory, the managing director of the business, said: “When you’ve got that cable you walk away from the computer and you feel it tug, you’re spinning around so you feel it wrapped around your legs, and you’re always constantly having to step out of it.
"It reminds you that it’s virtual, not real, so we wanted to do something that limited that aspect.”
It is not only the consoles that makes Pulse VR-X unique.
Danny explains that unlike some other arcades, they have not separated each gaming station.
Danny’s vision for his arcade was to make it more social and not isolating the gamers from each other; he says: “You can chat to your friends while you’re waiting, and if someone gets scared on Emily Wants To Play (a survival horror game), everyone can laugh at them.”
Danny has achieved a lot in a short space of time.
It was only last August when he struck the deal and he had to acquire premises for the endeavour but he already has plans for the future.
He is hoping to expand by getting more driving simulator chairs for competitive driving. He says: “This is just the start for us.”
Pulse VR-X is open Tuesdays to Thursdays 3pm to 10pm, Fridays 12pm to 10pm and 10am to 10pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Student night discounts are available on Wednesdays. Normal prices vary depending on how long you book a session, which last between 15 and 55 minutes if you’re playing solo or one to two hours if playing in a group.