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The Virtuix Omni treadmill is now available for pre-order
The Virtuix Omni treadmill is now available for pre-order
April 8, 2014 | By Mike Rose

April 8, 2014 | By Mike Rose
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Newsbrief: As spotted by Eurogamer, the Virtuix Omni VR treadmill, which allows you to control first-person games by walking around on the spot, is now available for pre-order.

We originally reported on this rather intriguing "next step" in video game virtual reality last year, when Virtuix showcased the hardware working alongside the Oculus Rift headset during a game of Team Fortress 2.

Now the treadmill is available to pre-order for $499, or you can buy two for $1,019 (you get an extra set of Omni shoes with the latter). Pre-orders will apparently be shipped this September.


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Aiden Eades
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Great concept, can't see it taking off in the home though. What I could see however is a virtual arcade kinda deal. Y'know there's a carnival or something, guy pays 5 for immersive FPS expericne for 10 minutes or something. Give them a laser gun thing where pulling the trigger is left mouse click and it tracks where you're pointing as the mouse position. I could see it doing really well in that kind of environment. You'd just need an attendant to get folks set up so they don't run off with the boots or something.

Bruno Xavier
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaQfUPLMbkw

Chris Melby
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This would be awesome with a walking simulator.

Robert Schmidt
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Microsoft Walk Simulator 2014, the history of walking. You could launch it on the anniversary of when humans starting walking on two legs which I think is in April.

Robert Grant Stanton Sr
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A "step" in the right direction.

Chris Dias
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No, more of a "step" backwards. It's like regular motion controls but worse.

Robert Schmidt
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I can see this taking off. There is some productivity integration that may move this beyond games. I know that some people are hooking up treadmills to their office desk in order to avoid sitting all day. This may help with that. The proverbial hamster wheel that is work has been lacking an actual hamster wheel. This is a step towards that goal.

Chris Dias
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Is that supposed to be a good thing?

Maria Jayne
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It would probably have more of a chance if they waited for the Occulus Rift to be on the market....that's still a small chance for its size, price, function and additional peripheral requirement though.


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