Traveling through Terminal 4 on your way to, or through JFK International? Then you might have a chance to jump into VR thanks to Periscape VR’s recent pop-up installation that brings a number of high-quality PC VR games and experiences to international travellers.
Featuring 12 stations fitted with Windows VR headsets, you’ll be able to play the Blu, Job Simulator, Longbow, Fruit Ninja, Notes on Blindness, and MasterpieceVR while killing time. According to a Forbes interview, Periscape will be adding more experiences during the pop-up’s six-month lifespan, bringing the number of VR games and experiences to between 12 and 18.
The installations are open 18 hours a day, and have two attendants on hand to help with first-time VR users. The company says Periscape stations (called ‘VR Towers’) can technically be completely self-serve however.
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VR games are of course pay-to-play, charging around $1-$2 per minute of gameplay. Periscape VR Founder and CEO Lynn Rosenthal says the VR Towers are at over 60% utilization, which represents big bucks for a high-visibility, location-based VR installation.
Based on the overall positive reaction, Periscape told Forbes they’re currently in discussions with JFK to install more VR Towers in additional areas of Terminal 4. Rosenthal says the company already has exclusive partnerships with 229 airports, including Paris, Dubai, Shanghai, Singapore, and Atlanta.
Windows “Mixed Reality” VR headsets are a smart choice for the installations, as they don’t require protruding sensors thanks to the headsets’ inside-out positional tracking. A crowd of curious on-lookers never hurt either to drive continuous business, as the crowded airport fills with people looking to kill time between flights.
It certainly isn’t the most expensive thing to do in an airport either (I’m looking at you $5 Dasani water).
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