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.
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.