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Virtuix Omni - VR's future

Submitted by Brecht Theys on Thu, 05/07/2015 - 21:08

We’ve all heard of the amazing advancements we’ve made the last couple of years in virtual reality gaming. There are incredible items on the market right now, such as the Oculus rift, the HTC Vive or the Razer OSVR. But one thing all of them are lacking, are motion controls. Okay, you might be thinking right now: “No they’re not, you can use Razer Hydras!”. I won’t say you’re wrong, but Razer Hydras are only good for recording arm movement, and that’s about it. What we really need is a way to turn our VR headset into a StarTrek holodeck. And a small kickstarted company, called Virtuix, may have come up with a solution for this.

They call it « the Virtuix Omni ». The Virtuix Omni is basically a threadmill that records your movements. Say, you want to walk forwards in a videogame. Using the older technology, you’d need to push a joystick forward or you had to hold down the « W » key. But with the technology supplied by Virtuix, all you need to do is walk forward in real life. But only being able to walk forward, would be kind of dull. That’s why you have to wear the specially made shoes, they allow you not to only walk forward, but also backwards, and they give you the ability to jump in game. 

Most of you must be wondering: “what about crouching?” Well, crouching is kind of a problem. But don’t be worried, the newest VR headsets come with a camera or motion tracker attached to it that allows the system to record when you’re crouching so that the action will still be performed in game. Since nobody would buy a Virtuix Omni, without having bought a VR headset first, this should not become a problem.

Now, about the design. The device itself looks futuristic and totally out of this world.They really did an astonishing job, it truly looks amazing. None of us would  mind putting that in my bedroom. The green and black coloured device, makes it look like it was made by Razer, the company we all know for their gaming laptops and peripheral devices. I  myself, absolutely adore Razer’s colour combination, so in my opinion, they did good choosing these colours.

As said before, it is not recommended to buy the device by itself, since it does require a VR headset, perhaps some Razer hydras (or something similar) to truly unlock its full potential. Also, since the device is fairly expensive, being currently sold for $699.00, it is not for the cheap gamers among us. You can currently pre-order the Virtuix Omni on their website and have it shipped to your country. Do note the shipping itself will cost you a couple of hundred dollars if you do not live in the US. Shipment to Egypt for example, will cost somewhere around $700. The estimated date of shipment can be found of their website as well.

We here at BHT think this is an amazing device that has a lot of potential, and if you’re cheapskate, we highly recommend you get one of these once they are being released. It will truly revolutionise the world of VR gaming. “Fat” gamers will be a thing of the past. 

 

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