Toronto, Ontario. DiVRge VR is a new arcade opening its doors in the midtown and uptown area of Yonge and Eglinton to bring Virtual Reality to all Torontonians wishing to try out this new technology. This Virtual Reality arcade offers a one of a kind experience built around having fun in its purest form. The location features 18 HTC Vive headsets, as well as other cutting edge VR technologies such as the Roto-chair, an advanced racing simulation device. Located at 2711 Yonge Street, diVRge will be adding a new type of entertainment to the Yonge street promenade strip around Eglinton Avenue. DiVRge will kick things off with a Grand Opening launch party, set to take place in early September.
The founders of diVRge are four young local entrepreneurs: Kirill Moisyeyev, Faraz Malek, Kevin Sloan and Greg Zoub. These University of Toronto graduates chose to pursue this business to help proliferate VR and make it more widely available for the average consumer. Given that you need a powerful computer to be able to run the HTC Vive headset, the cost of an average VR set up is anywhere between $4000-$6500. This makes it cost prohibitive for many wishing to use the technology, and DiVRge is set to provide it at the affordable rate of 29.95/hour. Given the low price point, this arcade builds onto the already bustling strip.
The founders emphasize that despite wearing a headset and being in a Virtual World, VR is a social experience; something one can and should do with their friends. “When you think of an internet cafe or an arcade, you typically think of people glued to their screens in their own little worlds, we’re aiming to reverse that image” stated Co-owner Moisyeyev. “VR is infinitely more fun with friends, whether its co-operative or multiplayer games, and this has to be experienced rather than just described” Moisyeyev continued to say. To incorporate the social capabilities of VR, diVRge will feature many multiplayer games, as well as hosting League Nights, allowing groups of friends to create teams and sign up to play against other teams.
DiVRge encourages people of all ages and technology proficiency levels to come out and take part in the growing wave that is VR. One of the primary focuses is making the experience accessible to everyone. First time users are greeted with a detailed yet simple welcome video which educates them on the dos and don’ts of the technology. If there are still any questions or concerns, DiVRge has a highly-trained team at the ready to assist the customers to ensure that their time in the virtual world feels flawless.
The space will also feature a lounge area, which can be rented out for birthday parties, and events. If a visitor wants to experience VR beyond gaming, diVRge is well equipped for that. There will be alternative content available, such as the Google Tilt Brush where one can unleash their artistic creativity regardless of their abilities in real life. DiVRge will be open from 3 pm to 11 pm on weekdays and 11 am to midnight on weekends.
DiVRge VR is a premium virtual reality arcade stocked with the latest hardware and software and offers access to virtual reality in an accessible and social setting at an affordable price point. League nights and other special events are offered on a recurring basis. For more info and the latest updates please visit our website at www.divrge.ca or follow us at @diVRge on facebook and twitter, and @diVRgeTO on instagram.