New Monolith Appears at Bowl Expo with Rhythmatic 2
Addresses the two biggest operator concerns with VR: Cost and Reliability
A mysterious shape was seen today on the show floor of Bowl Expo.
The new Monolith VR cabinet totally reimagines virtual reality for the arcade. The Monolith reduces its footprint to just 7.5 square feet, almost 60% smaller than the VRsenal's original. And with an introductory price under $25k the Monolith is the most affordable unattended VR solution on the market.
Lower cost in a smaller space result in a faster ROI and makes VR more accessible to more locations.
But the biggest innovation is hidden inside the rugged nylon cable sheathing connecting the headset to the cabinet. With the Monolith, VRsenal, has eliminated the fragile HDMI cable, which has been the bane of every VR operator. Every HDMI cable has 19 wires in it, each one barely thicker than a human hair. Only one wire needs to break for a headset to become inoperable.
VRsenal's new USB video cable eliminates the fragile HDMI cables that frustrate operators.
The HTC Vive Pro that is the standard headset on VR arcade systems requires a custom 3-in-1 cable that includes HDMI for video, power via USB, and audio. These cables are the most common point of failure on any VR arcade game. Operators have been frustrated as these cables sometimes need to be replaced monthly. When you can find them, (they’ve been mostly out-of-stock mostly for the last year), they can cost over $100.
“The fragility of the HDMI cable is what led us to invent the headset retraction system," said Ben Davenport, founder and CEO of VRsenal. “Keeping the cable from twisting, kinking, or getting pulled increased the life of the cables beyond any other arcade platform. But the retraction system came with its own limitations. It’s expensive, has quite a few moving parts, and requires maintenance. The ultimate solution is a headset cable so robust it eliminates the need for a retraction system entirely. And that is exactly the solution that VRsenal has incorporated into the Monolith.”
VRsenal has been manufacturing its own ultra-robust USB cables for power delivery to its controllers since 2018. Over the last 4-years across over 500 installed units, VRsenal’s USB controller cables function flawlessly for years before needing replacement. The new Monolith headset cable uses the same proven reliable technology.
”We are so confident in the rock-solid performance and longevity of this new cable that every Monolith headset cable comes with a 2-year factory warranty,” - Ben Davenport, founder and CEO.
The new headset cable eliminates the need for the retraction system, enabling the reimagining of entire cabinet. VRsenal eliminated all moving parts from the entire system while still offering fully automated, unattended VR. These innovations reduce the cost, size, weight, and support requirements of virtual reality so it’s a fit for almost any venue.
Bob Cooney, location-based VR expert and advisor to VRsenal, commented, “Ben and the team at VRsenal continue to evolve what an unattended VR product looks like and how it functions. They’re not afraid of throw out conventions, even ones they invented, to improve the experience for operators. The Monolith is not just more affordable, and more eye-catching, but it’s light and easy to move in an arcade. And at a time when techs are overwhelmed and overworked, making VR more reliable might be VRsenal’s biggest innovation to date.”
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The launch title for the new Monolith is a brand-new sequel to VRsenal’s top earning game. Rhythmatic 2 features new surreal environments that lure in players while the new Slice and Punch combo game mechanic adds new ways to build streaks and climb the leaderboard. Developed by Blackwall games, it includes 12 launch tracks, including 6 brand new songs.
The combination of Rhythmatic 2 and The Monolith offer arcades one of the highest earning VR games ever in the most affordable, compact and reliable cabinet to date. Check out The Monolith and Rhythmatic 2 at the Moss Distributing booth #119 at Bowl Expo.
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