A virtual reality “cinema pod” for the home

This sit-in VR machine takes immersive viewing to a new level

Immotion VR Cinema Pod VX1, from £19,194
Immotion VR Cinema Pod VX1, from £19,194

VR may not be taking off at quite the lick I expected, but advances like the cable-free Oculus Go I reviewed here in the summer will, I’m sure, give the technology a growth spurt. But I trust in you all to be the earliest of early adopters, so have been checking out the next level of VR for you in the form of this sit-in VR machine I tried at Shard Capital in London’s Walkie Talkie building, where it was installed in reception. 

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Manchester VR specialist Immotion calls the machine the VR Cinema Pod, which describes it well. You sit in the pod, slip on a VR headset and proceed to enjoy the most complete VR experience I’ve had – uncanny, and in some cases stomach-churningly real. If you buy this for Christmas, be sure to try it out before lunch: in quick succession I rode a Legoland rollercoaster (like being on a truculent dinosaur), paraglided in Turkey (great apart from the cheap music), had a space war experience (profuse sweating) and finally dived in the Bahamas. The VR Cinema Pod supports all headsets using the SteamVR platform – meaning almost all apart from Oculus products. It comes with 3,000 plays, after which more can be bought.

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