Oculus Rift 'Virtuix Omni VR Treadmill' Gets Release Date of September, Price of $499
One of the craziest gadgets compatible for the upcoming Oculus Rift has to be the Virtuix Omni. This is a VR treadmill that will allow you to walk in-game, giving you a workout while further immersing you in the game world. From the videos shown it looks pretty stunning- you'll actually walk around to move your character, all while being held in one place by a hardness. Virtuix has announced a release date of September for the gadget, which will cost you $499.
This rate doesn't include shipping which, depending on how far you are from the West or East coasts of the U.S., will run you anywhere from $60 to $90. Forget if you live internationally- poor UK gamers will have to pony up anywhere up to $150 to ship this heavy beast.
Note that this doesn't include an Oculus Rift, so tack on at least another $350 to the price for the VR goggles themselves, and you'll see that this is only for the bigger (and richest) gadget lovers among us. It comes with a harness and special shoes in your size - addional ones for other players can be purchased for $79 and $49, respectively. Price aside, it does seem to offer up an unmatched experience. Virtuix has been working on the Omni for two years now, designing and testing it in order to make a base that allows you to feel like you're walking, running, jumping and strafing naturally.
The release date of September is curious since Oculus Rift VR hasn't announced an official release date for the consumer version of its product- perhaps Virtuix knows something the rest of us don't? We will likely have much more news on it in June at E3, so stay tuned for more on it then.
Check out the videos below for an idea of how it works. Pre-order the Virtuix Omni here.