To say that the Oculus Rift has lit up the imaginations of game players, as well as developers, everywhere is a pretty huge understatement. We’re constantly seeing what this game or that is like through the eyes of the virtual reality headset.
Next up: Minecraft. Though not just on the Oculus Rift alone, but with the Virtuix Omni. What the heck’s that you might be asking. Why, it’s the Oculus Rift combined with an omni-directional VR treadmill of Virtuix’s design. Along with their own special software, shoes, plus other flourishes.
It’s the so-called missing piece in the fully immersive game-playing puzzle. The video above shows not just one, but two Omnis in action. And as you can see, the entire set-up is a tad bit awkward to put it nicely.
If you wish to have such a set-up at home, hope your bedroom (or living room) is up to the task, because you’re going to need a decent amount of space. Not that one would actually expect an omni-directional treadmill to be on the modest size. But yeah, it makes that pile of Rock Band peripherals that’s currently collecting dust look mighty small in comparison.
It also doesn’t come cheap; your best bet to get a piece of the future is via its Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1944625487/omni-move-naturally-in-your-favorite-game); the cheapest route is the $429 option, which provides the platform, special shoes, accompanying belt, plus tracking hardware and software.
Before you say that’s not so bad, please note that the Oculus Rift is not included. We still don’t know what the final price will be (though other VR headsets are supported). It’s also worth pointing out that the Kickstarter’s goal was $150,00 and it just passed the million-dollar mark, with 11 days still left to go.
Say what you will, but many people want this. So until Star Trek: TNG’s holodeck becomes a reality, the Virtuix Omni might be the best thing we’ve got going as it pertains to a fully immersive virtual reality experience. For better or worse.