The lights are on
We're moving closer and closer to in-home virtual reality every day. The Oculus Rift is out in the consumer wild, and Virtuix has now opened up reserves for its omnidirectional treadmill.
You can head here to see the impressive treadmill in action. You can get the Omni and one pair of the necessary shoes for $499, or you can opt for two devices with three pairs of shoes for $1,019. To go ahead and put your money down, you can head to Virtuix's website. The treadmill will be heading to consumers in March of 2014, giving you plenty of time to train.
[Source: Virtuix via Joystiq]
Our TakeViruix's Omni looks amazing, especially when coupled with the Oculus Rift. It also looks somewhat impractical. I wrote recently about the Oculus Rift, pointing out that despite its amazing unbridled immersion, I am not sure if it will be my first choice for the way I will play games in the future. I think the Omni might offer a similar experience: incredibly immersive, but unwieldy. I can't wait to try one out, though.
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Now that hardware I would pre-order!
Just like the German tanks in ww2 , to much to big and not practical.
I would love to play Crysis with one of these.
welcome to the future.
Make this compatible with CoD. All you jumpers beware.
As cool as this thing is, it doesn't have a future unless they start making games specifically for it. There's no way you could be as efficient playing on that thing than with a controller and since all games are currently tested and adapted for use with a controller I could see it getting frustrating really quickly. Can't even imagine how much you'd get creamed trying to play some deathmatch FPS game when everyone else is using controllers.
I... Hm... Its interesting but it doesn't appeal to me.
The Oculus Rift, I get that. This just seems a bit... odd though. The two in tandem seems like it could be worthwhile for a little bit anyway, like something I'd try at a friend's house. However, I could never see myself spending half a grand on this (or a treadmill for that matter, I run outdoors, on trails, in the woods), it seems slightly unwieldy and any additional immersion it could add (which I don't think would be all that much) I feel would be counteracted by the sound of my feet hitting the thing (if it is anything like a treadmill it would be fairly loud and distracting).
I seriously doubt this thing would be immersive. Just like the Kinect, it's just very impractical in any hardcore game. The Oculus Rift, on the other hand, is just freaking cool.
I have some doubts about how this can be immersive?
practicality aside. i would still want one, just to experience the advancement of technology and its integration at a consumer level.
This thing will certainly have its place in the world. But its the same problem as with the Wii/Kinect. People are always going to want to be able to just sit back at the end of a long day and chill on the couch playing a game.
It'd be great in an arcade but Im not sure I'd buy one immediatly.
If they built the Leap Motion in around that rail, this would fulfill every dream I ever had as a child.
There goes my poker table that barely gets used. Fits great in game room. .. But does it come with the glasses
Imagines a VR Skyrim... BONER.
While an intriguing idea, this isn't quite something I would pay for. $500 is pretty expensive for what's essentially an add-on accessory. Now if they get hologram projectors like Yugioh had at one point, where you place the little cones and designate a playing area, that'd be cool. I would get the workout of my life every time I played a game and have the time of my life doing it. Being able to move freely and interact with hard-light objects (dunno the real word) that can hit and knock you down would be the ultimate gaming experience. Don't want to get hurt too bad but getting a little bruised up and feeling a little pain when fighting a dragon would be epic.
wow..that's remarkably cheap for such a device. I thought it was going to be a lot more expensive.
I wonder if they put these in arcades and let people try them out, people might be more willing to buy them? seems like a hard sale for a blind buy.