The new VR experience is now open at the Mall of the Emirates.
If you’re familiar with the latest tech then there’s a good chance that you’ve already stumbled upon different virtual reality (VR) experiences. You have the HTC Vive, Oculus Quest, and PlayStation VR. The aim of these VR headsets is simple: transport you to another world without leaving the comfort of your own home.
Then you see other VR experiences being offered in theme parks and malls but the latest one I’ve tried, called Dreamscape, is something more special. Dreamscape is an immersive VR experience that offers more than just wearing a headset. It’s a multi-sensory experience, meaning that you can interact with objects and feel the ground shake as you wander through the virtual world.
Last week, T3 Middle East got a first-hand look at Dreamscape, which is the first time the company has ventured outside the US. Located right next to the Apple Store at the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, Dreamscape offers three VR experiences: Alien Zoo, The Deep Blu and The Curse of the Lost Pearl.
I asked which experience is better and a guide immediately told me that The Curse of the Lost Pearl is a favorite. I took the ticket and was required to check-in. You enter your details on a tablet, where you also get to choose what your avatar will look like. After that, you will be walked through a waiting area before you head to your ‘pod’.
I looked around and realized that The Curse of the Lost Pearl was a favorite because it’s an adventure-type experience similar to Indiana Jones. The story will bring you an old ruin where you must retrieve a lost pearl.
The guide calls me up and takes me to the pod – which is basically a place where you put on the VR headset and other tracking peripherals. You wear four sensors, both on your hands and feet and then wear the main headset that’s connected to a backpack where we assume the main VR hardware is placed.
The sensors are easy to wear, and the backpack isn’t heavy so you won’t have any problems carrying it around. Each pod can accommodate up to six players, though I went solo during my experience.
Once you’re all set up, you will be led to another chamber with multiple fans and a central platform. This is where all the magic happens. You then wear the headset and then step up a footmark.
This is where the experience starts.
I won’t spoil the adventure, but raiding tombs in VR has never been this fun. You can hold objects in VR, which is then substituted by something physical you can hold in real life. This added concept alone already adds a sense of realism to the whole experience. The platform itself vibrates, which mimics the tombs that you will be exploring.
The whole experience lasted for around 15 minutes, though with the check-in and gearing it should last around 35 minutes. Tickets cost 75 AED per session, and it’s recommended that you book online so you can choose a time slot.
It’s open for everyone above 10 years old, though users below 13 years old need to be accompanied by an adult.
Dreamscape is open from 10 am – 11 pm. You can check out dreamscapeimmersive.com for more details.