What is Virtual Reality?


  • Virtual Reality (VR) is a stimulated experience that can be similar to or completely different from the real world.
  • VR is used for entertainment, education and business.
  • Virtual Reality is most commonly recognised by its use of the head-mounted display (HMD).
  • In technical terms, Virtual Reality is used to describe a 3-D, computer generated environment which can be interacted with and explored by its user. The user becomes part of the virtual world in an immersion and has the ability to manipulate objects and perform actions within this world.


What is Virtual Reality?


Virtual Reality (VR) is the use of computer technology to create a stimulated environment which a user can interact with and perform a series of actions within. Unlike any other user interfaces, VR places the users inside an experience. Instead of playing an experience looking at a 2-D screen in front of them, the user is launched into a 3-D world. Virtual Reality arenas have the ability to stimulate as many sense as possible for the user – vision, hearing, touch, even smell – to transform the player in a full immersion of this artificial world.


How is Virtual Reality achieved?


There are a range of systems used to implement the computer technology used for Virtual Reality. Headsets, omni-direction treadmills and sometimes special gloves. All the tech used for VR helps to stimulate our senses together to create the illusion of reality.

Although it sounds pretty simple, this is an incredibly difficult experience to create! Your brain is smarter than you think, so trying to trick it with VR is harder than you’d think. If anything is off by even a smidge, your brain can usually tell, and thus the immersion is ruined.

If Virtual Reality is done right, the user will feel like they are really present in that environment. This is known as a sense of presence; when VR manages to get hardware, software and sensory synchronicity just right.


Why have Virtual Reality?


Virtual Reality is most often used for immersive films and video games. The entertainment industry is huge, so consumers are constantly looking for something new and exciting to try.

Virtual Reality can also be used to more serious applications too, within industries such as medicine, architecture and the arts. It can lead to incredible new discoveries that help and improve our day to day lives.

If an act is too dangerous, too expensive, or too impractical to do in reality, Virtual Reality is often seen as the answer. VR is often used by trainee fighter pilots and trainee surgeons as it can be used to gain real world experience without taking real-life risks. It’s expected that VR will become more mainstream, lowering its cost and bringing more value to industries like education and productivity.


Features of Virtual Reality


So many Virtual Reality systems exist, but they all share the same characteristics; most importantly the ability to allow the user to experience 3-D images that appear life-sized.

The aim for these 3-D images is to create a seamless experience for the user. So as a person moves around their virtual environment, the environment responds to their change in their field of vision. For example then, a change in perception of objects means the virtual environment is not only realistic but also enjoyable.

The second main feature of a Virtual Reality system is that it provides appropriate responses in real-time to the user exploring their environment. This means there is no delay between the person’s actions and the system response. Seamlessness is the objective; if the user becomes too aware that they are in an artificial environment, the immersion and illusion is broken.

Natural, free-flowing interactions give users the best, most memorable experience.


Where can I play Virtual Reality?


Escape Live are proud to host two incredible, state-of-the-art Virtual Reality arenas in our Birmingham and Liverpool venues!

With a huge range of different games to play, you’re sure to find something for everyone to enjoy. Here are some customer favourites:




Take part in the maelstrom of evets and put yourself in Alice’s shoes! Plunge into a world of real magic. You need to uncover the secrets of the Queen of Hearts, who has case a spell on Wonderland’s time. Help the Hatter, who is stuck in time, to sort out the mess at the mad tea-party. Find a way to sneak past the card guards into the castle filled with tricky traps to defeat the Queen of Hearts, lift the spell from the main clock tower and save Wonderland.

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If only we could change the past, or witness the events that changed the world… Is it possible to change fate? Travel back in time to see if you can change the situation from which, it seemed, there was no way out. What happened on the night of the incident? What happened afterwards? Find the answers to questions that have remained unanswered until now. The ghost town of Chernobyl can tell you its story… A story that cost lives. A disaster that still affects us today…

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The world of H.P Lovecraft is full of dark places and mystical creatures that you should stay away from. You received a letter from your close friend Anna, a detective conducting an investigation of mysterious disappearances in the nearby forests. Now you have no other choice but to do everything to save her. In order to find out what happened to your friend and get away from paranormal phenomena you will have to face horrifying secrets this dark sanctuary hides and solve ancient puzzles.

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During a walk in the park, you found a portal that leads to the mysterious world. An amazing sanctuary populated by animals appears in front of you. But how do you get back?
To find the way home, you have to solve a series of puzzles and explore the mysterious world of flying islands.

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Virtual Reality is incredible fun for you and your family or friends, but that’s not all. Want something fun to do for your social event? We can help make your birthday, hen do, stag do (anything!) a day to remember… enquire here!

Virtual Reality is also perfect for corporate bookings, too! Enquire with us today to give your team an experience they won’t forget on your next work do.