Virtual reality gaming startup to open ‘holodecks’ at The Boro in Tysons

Sandbox VR plans to open a virtual reality gaming center at The Boro, Tysons (Courtesy of Sandbox VR)

(Updated at 10:25 am) If the apocalyptic vision of HBO’s adaptation of “The Last of Us” isn’t immersive enough, you’ll soon be able to physically battle hordes of zombies in The Boro.

San Francisco-based startup Sandbox VR will have a new virtual reality gaming venue in the Tysons district. Sandbox VR says it will utilize his full-body motion capture technology to achieve a level of realism and immersion inspired by the holodecks of “Star Trek.” ”

The deal was first reported by the Washington Business Journal.

According to a press release, Sandbox has leased 7,500 square feet of space at 1656 Silver Hill Drive. This space has 4 private game rooms (holodecks) that can accommodate up to 6 players each. The center is scheduled to open this summer.

The new tenant, located across from ShowPlace ICON Theatre, is part of an effort to provide more “experienced” amenities for residents and employees, according to The Meridian Group, developer of The Boro.

“At The Boro, we strive to create interactive, socially engaged neighborhoods fostered by experiential retailers like Sandbox VR,” said Charlie Schwieger, VP of Asset Management at Meridian. says Mr. “With the concept of fostering community and team building through technological innovation, Sandbox VR makes a unique and exciting addition to his The Boro’s eclectic portfolio of restaurants, shops and attractions.”

The sandbox, which launched in 2019, has more than 30 locations around the world and, according to its website, has celebrities such as Will Smith, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and Kevin Durant among its investors. counting. Virginia Beach and Woodbridge Center are also under construction, but the Tysons location will be the first in Virginia.

Sandbox VR offers six different virtual reality ‘experiences’ including battling zombies (Courtesy of The Boro)

The company says its in-house studio has developed six different “experiences,” including a pirate adventure, a haunted house game, and the latest addition involving zombies.

The Boro has detailed how the Holodeck works in a press release.

Boro’s Sandbox VR location features four private rooms for virtual reality gameplay, called “holodecks,” where groups of up to six players can explore virtual worlds and thrive in games designed as social experiences. depend on each other. Along with friends, family, or colleagues, the player equips his VR headset, haptics his vest, backpack, motion sensors on his wrists and ankles. This technology allows players to see and physically interact with each other while feeling like they are in the middle of an action movie, not just watching the movie, but actually being the star of the action, which heightens the emotions. increase.

David Friedman, vice president of global real estate at Sandbox, said he was drawn to Tysons because of the company’s proximity to Washington, D.C. and its status as “one of the largest office and retail areas in the country.” .

Just last month, Boro welcomed highly anticipated restaurants Circa and Él Bebe. Burger joint Cali Burger is scheduled to open at 8301 Greensboro Drive in the first quarter of this year.

Construction of the second phase of The Boro on the north side of Westpark Drive is well underway and is on track for substantial completion in 2025.

Construction began on The Trillium, a 16-story senior living facility, last April, and Fairfax County approved plans for more residential buildings a month later. In total, the 9.37-acre expansion will add 160,000 square feet of retail and 610,000 square feet of residential space.

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