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A game system that runs many PC games (especially shooters) that was adapted for arcade use. Machines may be linked to provide competitive play.

VR Vortex (Standard) was produced by Global VR in 1999.

Global VR released 42 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1997. Global VR was based in United States.

Other machines made by Global VR during the time period VR Vortex (Standard) was produced include: Kick-It!, Kick-It Jr., VR Vortex II, Big Red Button ticket game, Red Line Rampage, Breeders Cup - World Thoroughbred Championship, and Madden NFL Season 2


Name VR Vortex (Standard)
Developer Global VR (United States)
Year 1999
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10279
Class Wide Release
Genre System
  • Orientation: Horizontal
  • Type: VR Headset
  • Color: Color
  • Machine has steroscopic 3-D LCD goggles as its primary screen and a monitor provided for spectators

Conversion Class unique
External Device HDD
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 40
Game Play Either
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Virtual Reality helmet with grips containing common triggers and thumb buttons - Fire|Forward|Backward
Sound Special Sound System
sound played through speakers for spectators
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel VR Vortex (Standard) Control Panel Image
Side Art VR Vortex (Standard) Side Art Image

Game Introduction

Since this system uses the Quantum 3-D PC, it can run many first-person PC shooters (arcade versions). Heavy Gear II, Beachhead 2000, Incoming and Sin have already been adapted, but additional games are currently in development.

Game Play

When the player turns (thus turning the visor), the game character turns (360 degrees). The right thumb button moves forward, the left thumb button moves backward, and the trigger buttons fire the weapon.

VR Vortex (Standard) KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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Cabinet Information

In short, the game is like Virtual Combat, with a much better look. The VR Vortek II has a smaller footprint and includes most of the features of the Vortek Classic (also from Global VR). Recommended for arcades with lower budgets and less floor space.

The use of a boom-mounted display allows unattended Virtual Reality, instinctive controls for experts and beginners, real-time response and accurate targeting. It has four degrees of freedom and 360 degree rotation.

The autofocus visor is moved by the player's hand controls and there is no contact with hair, eyes, or face, so there are no sanitation issues. It has the industry's best resolution for a VR-arcade headset (640x480) and the largest field of view. The player can play with eyeglasses, bifocals or sunglasses.


Although from the outside this game looks like Virtual Combat, one can not be converted to the other.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op VR Vortex (Standard) Census

There are 14,834 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,506 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,890 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 7 known instances of this machine owned by VR Vortex (Standard) collectors who are active members. Of these, 6 of them are original dedicated machines. One is a set of circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 2 active VAPS members with a VR Vortex (Standard) machines for sale.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

This game ranks a 1 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]


The game uses the Quantum 3-D PC which is similar to the Quake - Arcade Tournament Edition hardware.


  • Length: 3 feet
  • Width: 2 feet
  • Height: 8 feet
  • Boom Length: 5.5 feet
  • Weight: 450 pounds

Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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Auction Results

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Auctions Recap

Year Count Median $ Average $
2015 7 115.00 250.54
2016 8 71.88 107.81
2017 2 86.25 86.25
All Years 17 86.25 164.04


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