Kickstarter backers will be getting their VR treadmills in July with pre-orders now available for September.
The bottom half of the gamer’s dream VR combo will be available to consumers this year. Virtuix Omni VR treadmills will allow you to navigate game environments with natural walking movements, promising to make for a future generation of more immersed and physically fitter gamers.
The Omni treadmill is designed to be compatible with Oculus Rift VR headsets and according to Virtuix will have out-of-the-box functionality with any game that supports keyboard input.
Another Kickstarter success story, although one which unlike Oculus hasn’t enticed a controversial buy-out, Virtuix secured $1m when their crowd-funding campaign ended last July smashing their initial $150,000 goal.
The suggested list price for a single treadmill is $499.00. (around £300.00) In addition to this you’re going to need at least a pair of Omni’s specialised treadmill shoes for $49.00 (around £30.00). There are also harnesses to keep you safely strapped in for £79.00 (around £50.00) and fitted racks to take your keyboard and mouse also going for $79.00.
With a VR Headset on the shopping list as well things are going to add up but then again for roughly the price of what you could spend on a fairly well-specked gaming PC you’ll be getting all the toys you need to go into full VR mode, although we’re still waiting to hear when Oculus Rift VR is finally going to come to market. The latest Oculus developer kits are on offer for $350.00 (around £200.00) for anyone wanting to try the whole shebang.
Below is a Borderlands 2 demo giving a rough idea of the VR experience we can expect from the Oculus/Omni combo.
VR tech is getting closer. Are you itching to plunge into VR game worlds or do you see VR as a passing fad? You can have your say in the comments below.