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YRC 26: YRC Investigates (Virtuix Omni)

The Oculus Rift has also inspired the production of other devices meant to further improve the virtual reality experience. Meet the Virtuix Omni, a treadmill-like device that emulates movement inside a game. The Omni, founded by Jan Goetgeluk and funded through Kickstarter, lets you move around while staying in one place, which makes it suitable for games using kinect technology or first-person gameplay.

The Virtuix Omni was designed with the intention of being used alongside the Oculus Rift to create the ideal virtual-reality experience. Its development is proof of what cyber gaming is evolving into. However, exciting as the Virtuix Omni may be to gamers, one must still be careful to use it in moderation or cyber addiction.

For an optimal gaming experience, it is thus recommended to use the Omni with the Oculus Rift. Imagine dodging, running from and fighting enemies up close without leaving your room. You can also go on quests and explore fantastical worlds like with a MMORPG, moving around in the world instead of sitting still in your chair in front of the screen. Plus, the Omni Virtuix matches your movement, so it feels like you are moving in the game as you would in real life.

The Virtuix Omni is not out on the mass market yet, but could be pre-ordered online from its website. It is currently priced at USD 499 and would be released by the end of this year. Not only is the treadmill included, but also the shoes, belt and software needed to use the Virtuix Omni.

If you have the money and the time for virtual reality gaming, you can get the Oculus Rift and the Virtuix Omni, as well as the Razer Hydra (which acts as your hands in the game) and the Mag II motion controller (a gun-like device useful for first-shooter games like Call of Duty and Half-Life 2). And all that is just left is the perfect game to dive into.

Thursday,18 September 2014 by | Blog, YRC Investigates |