Backyard Getaways Explores Voxel Virtual Reality
Step inside Voxel Virtual Reality in Minnetonka, and this virtual reality arcade will lead you to explore exotic places with little more than a headset.
Voxel Virtual Reality is located at the Ridge Square strip mall in Minnetonka, but it’s a place where people can escape from the real world.
“It’s a totally different kind of experience then just the regular video games,” said Jake Hairrell of Champlin.
“Voxel is entertainment,” said Voxel owner Jeff Trinh-Sy. “It’s a way to access virtual reality.”
At Voxel Virtual Reality, some of the video animation is so real, you forget it’s fake,
“It’s surreal,” Trinh-Sy said. “When you know something’s not real, but you can feel it all around you, like it’s the real thing.”
The virtual reality arcade opened in June and according to Trinh-Sy, it’s off to a good start.
“Business has been amazing.,” Trinh-Sy said.
Experiencing Virtual Reality
Voxel is video games on steroids. Step into a bay, put on a headset, and the experience is superior to anything you get on your smart phone or flat screen.
“It’s so much better than seeing a video game on a two-dimensional screen,” Hairrell said.
“We provide almost 30 different experiences for people to come as an individual or as a group of people,” Trinh-Sy said. “We get a lot of birthday parties, a lot of team building groups.”
At Voxell, you can hike a mountain in Washington state without forking out big dough to go there. Or you can take some swings at the ballpark or in the boxing ring.
“There is a physical aspect to it, depending on which of the games you might be playing,” Hairrell said. “That one I was just doing, you’re punching, you’re shooting. I’m actually sweating.”
For Trinh-Sy it is all about fun.
“It’s so fun to watch people excited about something we’re excited about,” Trinh-Sy said.
In addition to Minnetonka, there is a Voxel Virtual Reality in St. Paul.