STEPVR have released a gate to the Metaverse, and you can buy one for in your house. Players – get ready.
STEPVR is the company behind a string of VR Entertainment centers in China. For example, there is a massive shed in Beijing that covers an area of 1,000 square meters. In it, up to 40 players can be playing the same game at the same time. All the while they are fully immersed in the Metaverse. And it’s not the only venue. There are 140 other sheds like this across China, although they vary in size.
In these games, you can roam freely in virtual reality, use virtual doorknobs to open doors, and press elevator buttons. It has life-like sight, touch, smell, and hearing. Players have said that the authenticity is not the same as VR goggles. It is way wilder than that.
The game they are playing is called Future Battle. It is a large-scale VR e-sports game under STEPVR. Players can roam as they act out the game.
This has been a massive success. The game Future Battle has attracted 1 million customers, with no sign of slowing down.
STEPVR take home kit
Now, STEPVR has developed hardware that will allow players to have this experience at home. They have released what they call “VR Gates to the metaverse.”
Called Gates01, the device is reminiscent of the “Oasis” in the movie Ready Player One.
This is the daddy gadget of gadgets. This is fully immersive VR, in our homes, that we dream of. And, the whole idea is that you don’t get motion sick from using it.
The company say it has an omnidirectional motion system, with accompanying equipment that gives you the opportunity to use your five senses in the virtual world. You can use the device for sports, work, entertainment, or education.
STEPVR say they are the world’s first company to offer massively multiplayer online games (MMO) in the VR world. They also say their tech has surpassed companies such as Meta, and “taken the lead in launching software and hardware systems that enter the metaverse.”
Gates01 covers an area of approximately 3m2. The deck can be used to run freely and achieve instant stopping movements. In addition, Gates01 can also restore the sense of vestibular balance in the virtual world. This means that you can have a genuine immersive experience, without getting motion sickness, in a small and convenient space.
The parent company, STEPVR, was started in 2013. Dr Guo Cheng, the founder, obtained a doctorate degree at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. His company works on the research and development of laser positioning technology. This is alongside virtual human motion capture technology.
In 2019, STEPVR launched VR esports brand, Future Battle, in China. In less than a year, 140 stores opened, offering a VR experience in the game. Another 60 stores are about to open.
22% of the franchise partners have now opened a second store. With 1 million users, the brand probably has the most VR users in the world.
The release of Gates01 is STEPVR attempt to break into the at-home consumer market. The product will be sold in Korea, Japan, Singapore, the Middle East, North America, and Europe, later this year.
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