We all know 2016 is the year of VR and with the GearVR dropping in price, the PlayStation VR launching last week, the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive now available, VR certainly has arrived.
As gaming makes up one of the biggest use cases for VR, its no surprise that for the first time ever, PAX Aus will feature a dedicated virtual-reality (VR) Freeplay Area, where attendees will have the opportunity to experience the latest VR games and technology.
The VR Freeplay Area, sponsored by Harvey Norman Games Hub, will let people get hands on with the latest in VR hardware, with dedicated HTC VIVE playable areas that will also include some green screen VR setups and Omni treadmills, as well as Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR.
“VR dominates the headlines, yet most people have never had the chance to try it out,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, Penny Arcade and PAX. “Trying that technology for the first time is a magical experience, and we’re glad to offer that moment to the tens of thousands of attendees coming to PAX Aus.”
The PAX Aus 2016 VR Freeplay Area can be found in a large, 234 square metre space located on level 2 of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. the full lineup of exhibitors and panels set to be revealed in two weeks, but so far we know hundreds of other video and tabletop games will be shown by publishers and developers attending at the show. We don’t mind betting there’ll be plenty of cosplay action as well.
Single day badges for PAX Aus 2016, taking place November 4-6, are still available for $65. Three-day badges have sold out! Purchase online at paxaustralia.com.au.
The PAX series of shows (West, East, South and Australia) comprise some of the world’s largest gaming festivals, with each event entertaining tens of thousands of guests. PAX events connect leading tabletop and video game developers directly to passionate gaming audiences, providing a space where gaming culture is celebrated through panels, demos, concerts, tournaments and freeplay sessions.