ParadropVR is a paragliding experience that lets you soar through the skies

VR experiences come in all shapes and sizes. Not only can you enjoy thoroughly convincing VR in the comfort of your own home, there are all sorts of bespoke VR experiences available elsewhere. ParadropVR stands out as one of the more innovative VR experiences on the market.

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ParadropVR offers a realistic VR paragliding experience. Photo: ParadropVR

In the early days of video gaming, the newest developments came to the arcade first and the home second, at least until consoles became more powerful and less expensive.

Unlike video games, VR headsets actually became popular in the home before they did in a more public setting. However, there are some key elements which are vital for a fully-immersive VR experience that you can’t easily replicate without some serious investment.

Interactive elements, such as objects, landscapes and environmental effects, have to be designed and implemented specifically for each VR experience.

Bespoke VR experiences

VR experiences are becoming more and more common, especially as a means of injecting some excitement into wider events.

Today is the first day of the Sundance Film Festival, which this year features a variety of VR and AR experiences with enticing names like Metamorphic, Solastalgia, and Hypha.

But quality VR experiences are something you can enjoy in your spare time too. You don’t have to wait for the next big film festival.

We’ve previously reported on popular VR start-ups Sandbox VR and The Void, which have secured millions of dollars from investors. These two companies offer action VR experiences based upon multiplayer, interactive games, the likes of which you would usually play with your friends on the PS4 or Xbox One.

A Sandbox VR play space
Sandbox VR currently has 8 premises across the US and Asia. Photo: Sandbox VR

But ParadropVR brings a completely difference VR experience to the table, one which you could argue works even better than the likes of Sandbox VR and The Void.

What is ParadropVR?

Instead of offering a VR experience based around the classic first-person shooter or adventure game, Paradrop VR makes use of a special rig which works in tandem with a VR headset to offer a realistic, indoor paragliding experience.

There are a number of different games available to play through the ParadropVR platform, which allow users to compete against each other on a global leaderboard.

As well as classic skill-based arcade-style games, ParadropVR also offers a stunning City Flyer experience. Instead of navigating their way through floating rings and obstacles, users can enjoy a realistic paragliding experience in major global cities like Bangkok.

According to ParadropVR’s CEO, Matt Wells, the exact method used to create each bespoke city experience is a company secret. However, depending on the customer’s budget, a variety of different methods are available.

You can watch ParadropVR’s City Flyer in action in the video below.

By marrying VR with a moving rig which mimics a real paragliding set up, ParadropVR offers a new take on the standard VR experience.

The platform is marketed as an attraction which can be set up in locations and at events around the world, and bespoke VR courses can also be created for individual locations. ParadropVR was even shortlisted for Best Leisure Concept in the 2019 MAPIC awards.

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