Arctic Sun Virtual Reality

About Us


Who We Are

Arctic Sun VR is a Virtual Reality Arcade and storefront. We are locally owned and operated and have been bringing thrilling VR experiences to Fairbanks, Alaska, since early 2017. We utilize the cutting edge full-body immersion system of the HTC Vive to really get our guests IN the game. We have 6 stations in the Arcade, each equipped with an HTC Vive and a play area for guests to duck, weave, bob, and move throughout. Each station also comes equipped with a mounted TV and seating for other people to watch and get in on the action. In addition, we have a dedicated private party room, making Arctic Sun VR a perfect choice for birthday parties, corporate team building events, and other fun group outings.

Our Mission

Our mission is simple: to bring incredible virtual experiences to everyone. Combining top notch customer service and premium technology in a clean, contemporary setting, we at Arctic Sun VR will do whatever it takes to ensure that everyone experiences the mind-blowing potential of virtual reality.

What We Offer

At Arctic Sun VR you can expect a clean modern space complete with a dedicated VR station for your personal use, a viewing bar for friends to share the experience and a Customer Care Representative to offer you tips, tricks, and how-to support throughout the duration of your session. We have 6 stations available, private areas for groups, and a VR experience catalogue loaded with something for everyone. Visit us today and let our knowledgeable and passionate staff show you why Arctic Sun VR is Alaska’s premier location for virtual reality!

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VR = Virtual Reality

What is Virtual Reality?

What is VR?

 

Imagine being transported into another world by simply putting on a headset. You look around to see a reality that’s not physically there, but looks and feels like it is. You may be tempted to try to reach out and touch things that don’t actually exist.

That’s what virtual reality is like – and while the science behind VR is a lot more complicated, it’s extremely simple to use.

Advanced computer systems, comfortable headsets, and handheld controllers are used to immerse you in a virtual world. You may end up soaring around the globe, swimming with whales, or even fighting alien invaders with laser guns. The truth is, to fully understand what VR feels like, you have to try it. If you can experience it for the first time without saying “WOW!”, we’ll give you ten bucks (not really, but we will be pretty surprised).

 

Who can go into Virtual Reality?

 

Users of VR must be at least 8 years old and 48” tall to use the equipment. While VR can certainly involve physical activity, players with limited mobility are able to enjoy most of the games and experiences offered at Arctic Sun VR.

 

When did virtual reality become a thing?

 

2016 was dubbed "The Year of Virtual Reality" in consumer electronic circles worldwide. Though developers have been working on Virtual Reality for the past couple of decades, April 2016 was the first time that access to Virtual Reality became available to the consumer market.

 

Why Virtual Reality?

 

Because it is fun! Virtual Reality provides a range of experiences and gaming opportunities for a wide range of interests. Explore a new world, swim with whales, battle with dinosaurs, fight zombies or paint in 3D–these are just a few of today's available experiences. With Virtual Reality, the experiences are endless.

 

How do I get to experience virtual reality?

 

Arctic Sun Virtual Reality provides guests with the most low-cost access to Virtual Reality experiences that is available. By reserving time at our gaming arcade, guests can explore new worlds and have access to the limitless possibilities of Virtual Reality.

 

Answers to Common Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Virtual Reality FAQs

 

Can't I just buy my own virtual reality setup?

Sure! Arctic Sun Virtual Reality's mission is to spread interest and passion for Virtual Reality throughout Alaska. As of right now the best VR equipment is only available at a high price, so ASVR provides by-use access at a lower dollar price to interested users.

I'm not a gamer, is virtual reality for me?

Absolutely! There are many different games and experiences for users of all interests. All experiences are interactive and enjoyable in their own way.

What are some of the educational benefits to virutal reality?

Virtual Reality is exciting educators everywhere! Through fully immersive technology, students can learn concepts by becoming a part of them. VR is particularly popular with homeschooled students, who embrace interactive pedagogy with excitement and awe.

What is virtual reality?

Virtual Reality is a fully immersive experience. Through the use of wearable headsets VR allows users to feel like they are in another three-dimensional world. High quality VR equipment, such as the HTC Vive used at Arctic Sun Virtual Reality, allows users to interact with their environment using hand controllers and mapping technology.

 

Equipment and Safety FAQs

 

Am I going to walk into walls?

There isn't any reason to! Using HTC's innovative Chaperone equipment, users are alerted in-game as they reach real-life boundary lines.

Are there any physical limitations to virtual reality?

For the best Virtual Reality experience, we recommend users to have full movement of their head and neck and at least one hand. At ASVR we can accommodate users of many skill, mobility, and cognitive levels. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions that affect your ability to perform physical activity, please consult with your doctor before use.

How many people can participate at one time?

In our standard arcade rooms, we can accommodate up to three people per session. Our larger arcade room accommodates one to six people per session and features comfortable amenities for group entertainment.

I wear glasses, do I have to take them off while in virtual reality?

Absolutely not! HTC Vive's headset piece is adjustable so that it allows custom fit for glasses users. The Vive also features adjustment knobs for separate eye pieces, so that you can adjust the focus for each eye independently.

What happens if I get motion sickness while in virtual reality?

Those who are susceptible to motion sickness may experience side-effects during VR use. If you feel uncomfortable during your VR session, we ask that you please inform a ASVR team member immediately.

What is the HTC Vive?

HTC Vive is the highest-quality Virtual Reality Equipment available. By using a head-mounted display (HMD), controllers and tracking peripherals, the HTC Vive provides high quality tracking capabilities to accurately pair your movements to the movement within the experience. This means that you can walk around and interact with the virtual environment that is displayed in your HMD.

What type of hardware is used at Arctic Sun Virtual Reality?

ASVR features state-of-the-art PC computer equipment to power and provide high quality Virtual Reality experiences.

 

Booking and Procedure FAQs

 

Can I book more than one session in a row?

Of course! You can book as many sessions as you would like, though we recommend doing it in advance – spots tend to fill up quickly.

Do I need to wear anything special?

You should arrive wearing clothing that permits comfortable movement. ASVR requires sockwear, but you can purchase socks from ASVR in case you forget yours at home.

Do you accept school field trips?

We LOVE hosting students at Arctic Sun Virtual Reality! Please contact us at 907-456-ASVR (2787) if you are interested in visiting our locations or having us come to you.

How do I book a time?

It's easy! Visit our Book Now page to select the desired date and time of visit. Please fill out all required questions and provide payment at the time of booking. We can't wait for you to experience VR!

How early should I show up before my scheduled session?

We ask that you show up at least ten minutes before your reservation, especially if it is your first visit.

Is there an age limit to play?

Users of VR must be at least 8 years old and 48” tall to use the VR equipment. Users between 14 and 18 years old do not need to be under adult supervision, but we do require a signed parental form. Users 13 and under require direct adult supervision by a parent or guardian.

What if I need to cancel my booking?

Guests will receive a full refund on their virtual bay rental if cancelled at least 24 hours before reservation time. Guests will also receive a full refund in case of operator cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. No refund will be given for cancellations within 24 hours of reservation time. Guests may reschedule their VR time at any time up to 24 hours before their reservation for no charge. Guests rescheduling within 24 hours of their reserved time will be charged a $10 rescheduling fee. Contact us by phone to change/cancel or inquire about a reservation. No-shows will not be given a refund.

What payment options are available?

As of right now Arctic Sun Virtual Reality only accepts payment over our online booking system.

 
 

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