CAPSULE Virtual Experience Center

Post by Mark

Yesterday I got invited with my brother to pass by CAPSULE, a new virtual experience center thats opening next week. A virtual experience center is a place that allows you to experience virtual reality games, basically something like a VR arcade. My only previous experience with VR was using the Sony VR headset, so I was curious to see how much different and better this experience would be.

The moment you walk into the place you’re already in a different world. The interior of CAPSULE was designed to resemble a spaceship and it really adds to the whole VR experience. After getting a brief tour of the place and the different kinds of games they have, I let them know I tend to get motion sickness with VR games. They told me we would start off with a standing game which had a less chance of getting me motion sickness. So they strapped a rumble pack onto my back, handed me two motion controllers to hold and strapped on a VR headset so I could get started right away. I wanted to play a shooting game so they put on a game called Space Pirate in which I have to shoot down droids before they shoot me. My first impression before I even entered the game was wow. I started off in what looked like a living room, I looked down to my hands and I could see the controllers I was holding inside the virtual world. As I moved them around in my hand they were moving in the VR world as well. I then took a few side steps and I was now moving inside this VR world as well. This was exciting because I hadn’t experienced VR this way before, I could walk around in real life and my movement would be replicated in this VR world.

They loaded up Space Pirate for me and I was now on a platform in a space environment with two laser weapons in my hands. If I took my left hand back behind my shoulders and brought it back forward, my weapon would turn into a shield. When I didn’t want the shield anymore I’d take it back behind my shoulder again. As the droids started flying towards me and firing at me, I was moving around shooting them down with my two weapons. When the fighting was getting intense I’d use the shield on my left hand to help avoid the lasers they were shooting towards me. Sometimes as I’m about to get hit by one of their laser beams, the game would slow down matrix style to give me a chance to move out of the lasers way. To move out of the way you literally physically have to move out of the way in the real world. The VR system they have setup can track your movement so on multiple occasions I ducked, or jumped left or right out of harms way. I was immersed inside this virtual world and I finally understood what all the fuss with VR was about. And the best part was, I didn’t get motion sickness.

After playing around with the standing VR for a few minutes I then decided to try one of their virtual racing sims. I asked them what tracks and cars they had and they basically told me nearly all of them. I asked if they had the Bahrain GP circuit and they told me they did and that I could race around it in my Lotus if I wanted to. Since I had raced around the track in my Lotus before I was really interested to compare it to this VR experience. The whole setup is meant to be as real as possible from the seats, to the steering wheel and even the gearbox they’ve installed for these car sims. I sat down, put on the VR headset and suddenly I was inside my Lotus, even the interior color of the car in the game was similar to mine. Once I was done looking around my car I stepped on the gas and headed down the pit lane so I could get onto the track. Once I was out of the pit lane and started turning I started getting motion sickness right away. I figured it might go away and tried to continue on but I just couldn’t take it anymore and removed the headset. I was so disappointed since I really wanted this to work. They told me to take a bit of a break and then they’d put me into their extreme race car sim which tended to cause less motion sickness.

Their extreme race car sim is meant to simulate the experience of driving an F3 race car. It has a replica steering wheel and even two fans that blow wind into your face as you go faster. They were right about the fact it caused less motion sickness and I was able to experience it for a longer duration then the first race sim. But, I think because I was already feeling sick because of the previous sim I couldn’t get through this one. In the end I took off the VR headset again and decided racing sims just weren’t for me.

The whole experience was great and I’ll definitely be going back again to play around with the standing VR unit again. CAPSULE is located in the same building as MAS Arena in Al Rai near Avenues. Here is their location on [Google Maps] and they’re opening this coming Sunday. If you’re interested in checking the place out then follow them on instagram to stay posted on their launch @capsulevec


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  1. Ipsom says:

    Looks amazing!

    Too bad I was looking forward for that lotus comparison… what causes some to get sick?

    • Mark says:

      I get motion sickness in general, like on boats or sitting in the back of the car. Other people can read books while out on rough waters and they wouldn’t care

    • Nasser says:

      You are racing in a car, but your body is actually in place and not moving in any way, so the brain is like why is everything moving around me body but my body isn’t?

      Also the resolution apparently has an effect

      At least that’s how it is when playing on the PS VR, when playing Drive club VR

  2. CAPSULE VEC says:

    We are glad you enjoyed your visit and looking forward for your next ones.

    Our standup VR include many games to choose from including shooting, sword fighting, bow and arrow, boxing, drawing, burger making and many more, so you’ll have plenty of experiences to choose from.

    At Capsule VEC, there are also top of the line Motion Racing, and Flight sims, both using the Oculus Rift which is the current best VR headset in terms of resolution and refresh rate (much better than the PS VR), which with proper software and hardware tuning, we reduce the probability of motion sickness as much as possible, and most people enjoy the experiences with no problems. However, there will always be a percentage of people that do get motion sickness.
    For the brave, we also have a VR Horror Experience which you have to walk through a haunted house.

    We are opening next Sunday 5/11. Prepare to experience the alternate reality [])

  3. Nasser says:

    Mark, check out this awesome video of a VR headset that was under development by Sega

    https://youtu.be/3UN_pN9ZU8Y

  4. Hamad says:

    My oh my…

  5. Em says:

    Try ginger candies for motion sickness. Most people find they get their “VR legs” after using it for a while.


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