One of the cool things virtual reality has to offer is being able to socialize with your friends in imaginative environments. For those of us who miss the good ol’ days of gathering all the quarters you had stockpiled to chill with your friends at the arcade, there is one virtual reality experience you should definitely check out.
Digital CyberCherries(DCC) is a game development studio, consisting of eleven talented and skillful minds, who has developed New Retro Arcade: Neon (NRA:N). The project began as a learning process in understanding and utilizing Unreal Engine 4 back in 2014. With the advent of virtual reality, they became heavily interested in developing a game for this new-found interface, which led them to release a demo version of New Retro Arcade.
With immense support from their community of gamers, they were able to re-create the arcade experience. Released on August 1, 2016, NRA:N features over ten arcade games you can play. Not only by yourself, but with your friends as well, regardless if they don’t own a HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. As your friends travel across the intergalactic carpet, you can shoot some hoops, play skeeball, chill out in the mini theatre and of course, play some arcade games.
For those who want to port their own games into the VR arcade, such as Tron or Centipede, you can do so. Only disadvantage at the moment, is that your friends will not be able to play those games with you. Since this maybe disappointing to a few, you can release your frustration by putting on some hi-tempo music on the boom box and throw the boom box across the arcade. Yes, it does support HTC Vive controllers, as well as Xbox One controller and mouse & keyboard.
You’re able to move around the arcade by teleporting, but you will be inclined to do what Ben Lang from RoadToVR did by re-calibrating your “Vive’s playspace to ensure that [you have] the largest possible area for uninterrupted immersion.” Overall, it’s a pretty nifty experience that most VR PC headset owners were hoping would become available. New Retro Arcade: Neon is currently downloadable on Steam VR.
You can connect with them on Twitter @DCybercherries or keep up with their latest developments on their website.