Virtual-reality gaming venue coming to Tysons

Sandbox VR, a fast-growing chain of virtual reality gaming venues with celebrity investors, has signed a lease at The Boro in Tysons, Virginia, for its first location in the D.C. region.

The 7,500-square-foot location will have four private rooms for virtual reality gameplay, each with up to six players. Sandbox uses patented motion-tracking technology to capture the movements of a player’s entire body. The haptic technology gear that players wear creates a sense of touch through force, vibrations and motions.

Sandbox uses patented motion-tracking technology to capture the movements of a player’s entire body. (Courtesy Sandbox VR)

The Tysons location will open this summer.

The Meridian Group’s The Boro is anchored by Whole Foods Market and has more than 20 restaurants and a ShowPlace ICON Theatre. There are also residential buildings and office buildings, parks, plazas and gardens.

For Meridian, Sandbox VR is a good fit for its growing neighborhood at The Boro.

“At The Boro, we strive to create an interactive, socially engaged neighborhood cultivated by experiential retailers like Sandbox VR … a unique, exciting addition to The Boro’s growing portfolio of eclectic restaurants, shops and attractions,” said Charlie Schwieger, vice president of asset management at The Meridian Group.

San Francisco-based Sandbox VR has more than 30 locations. Its investors include Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Kevin Durant and Will Smith. Its most recent fundraising round raised more than $37 million from investors.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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