Far from glitzy tech hubs, Chinese city bets big on virtual reality
Updated : April 28, 2019 10:02 AM IST
Liu Zixing craned his neck forward for help with fastening the goggles for his first ever taste of virtual reality (VR). He took a break from the mining ore business to travel to a VR theme park in Nanchang not known for high technology. Hoping to coax homegrown entrepreneurs to take the plunge, the government is educating students, subsidising office spaces, and sponsoring conferences and competitions. Nanchang's VR Star park offers 42 rides and exhibits, including VR bumper cars and VR shoot-'em-ups. It's the highlight of Nanchang's "VR base," a sprawling complex of mostly still empty, futuristic glass-and-steel offices.