When karaoke machines first appeared in Japan in the 1970s they were considered an expensive fad. Almost 50 years later, KTV is one of Asia’s favorite pastimes and in China, it is already absorbing the newest trend in entertainment – virtual reality.

VR arcades have been popping around China’s cities on a massive scale, and it is not just because the Chinese are open to new technologies.

“All room-based relaxation businesses in China share the same secret,” said Monica Ge, co-founder of Shenzhen-based VR Lounge. “Chess rooms, mahjong rooms, spas, home party houses, private cinemas… It’s just in the blood of Asians – people want to socialize outside but still feel at home.”

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Masha Borak

Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.