Preorders open for $499 gaming treadmill

Virtuix Omni gaming treadmill expected to ship in March 2014 for $499.

Preorders have opened for the Virtuix Omni Natural Motion Interface, the Kickstarter-funded omnidirectional gaming treadmill that offers full virtual reality when combined with an Oculus Rift.

The hardware is expected to ship in March 2014.

Customers purchasing the $499 package will get the Omni platform, shoes, belt, and tracking hardware and software. A second package is available for $1,019, which includes two treadmill packages and a third pair of socks.

Additional shipping costs will be levied once the device is ready to ship.

The Texas-based Virtuix took its Omni to Kickstarter in June 2013, asking for $150,000 to fund the project and eventually raising a barnstorming $1.1 million.

"We are in the midst of a revolution in virtual reality," wrote Virtuix in June. "The release of affordable head mounted displays and low-cost sensor technologies has brought the decades-old dream of true virtual reality closer than ever, but there's still one more piece to the puzzle: the Omni."

Consumer availability for the Omni's natural companion device, the Oculus Rift VR headset, has yet to be announced. Last week the company announced that programming legend John Carmack had joined Oculus VR in a full-time role as chief technology officer.

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225 comments
twisted_sith
twisted_sith

this would be legit with oculus and a gun controller

Keaze_
Keaze_

Let me guess.  Just like every single store, they won't have size 15 shoes for me.

Pi
Pi

As someone who is quite familiar with fitness treadmill construction and pricing, the low price point on this thing means it is almost certainly a poorly made piece of garbage.  Imagine having to send this thing out on your own dime to get it serviced when it inevitably breaks............

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

I wish I can follow this device on GS; I'll probably forget about it in a day or two until I see another news article.

ken_wakashimazu
ken_wakashimazu

a treadmill for hardcore gamers... what's next oculus rift for blind people?


couchtater12345
couchtater12345

The next step is eliminating the need for hardware and having a command scanned directly from the brain for when to move forward. Of course barring a (few) massive breakthroughs such a technology is easily decades away

hateyourface
hateyourface

@couchtater12345 Seems more like a step backwards to me. Right now we already have the lightning quick signal that the brain sends to your fingers to control a game. This thing requires far more effort and energy to mimic a portion of the same thing.

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

When will all games be virtual reality? What's your guess?

Grim_Jackal
Grim_Jackal

Probably useless for most if not all games, but it might be fun if developers started introducing modes that accommodated it, with tweaks to the gameplay, etc.

Evamorgana
Evamorgana

Well i'm sure i'd get really fit! Imagine using all the virtual reality gear with a zombie game! Freaky. 

armedvigilante
armedvigilante

stupid.. just live your life then play games in your free time. this is taking it too far

hystavito
hystavito

Interesting but useless without dedicated games.  The vast majority of video games are not designed with anything even close to realistic levels of stamina or physical abilities.  Even the most fit person probably couldn't sustain the movements needed to play most games.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

I'll stick to the treadmill at the gym and gaming on my couch at home.

couchtater12345
couchtater12345

I can see it already, people getting on this thing and within 15 seconds are totally exhausted from sprinting in Skyrim. Suddenly stamina has a whole new meaning and a vastly slower regeneration rate...

Evamorgana
Evamorgana

@couchtater12345 

Oh god- could you imagine? Having to explore the whole fast expanse of Skyrim on foot? Literally? Without fast travel- now that would be an epic journey. 

csward
csward

Something tells me a head mounted VR display would be cumbersome and hot during a run. 

I am intrigued, but cautious that this may not be any better than the treadmill they have at the YMCA that is integrated to a TV that has nature trails you can run on and such. It's pretty lame.

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

Nice! Soon I'll finally be able to run and gun and lose weight at the same time! I've heard of this thing before combined with the Oculus Rift and a light gun (like the PS3 Move gun thing) would work great in FPS games. Now they just need to come out with a sword and shield device to play Elder Scrolls games in virtual reality!

vadagar1
vadagar1

this would be cool if u live on Mars and can't go outside every time you feel like it 

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

This actually seems pretty neato... but I'll wait for reviews.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@Tripwolf For sure.  There are a lot of ways for something like this to fail.  If it works, great, I'll buy one but I want to know that it works fairly well and is supported by a decent list of games.

nurnberg
nurnberg

That's it, all consoles are dead.  This thing will outsell them all.

blaze_boy30
blaze_boy30

Are the people creating this independent from the guys making Oculus Rift? If so they should come together and release Oculus Rift+Omni bundles.

pip3dream
pip3dream

not a good drunk gaming interface im guessing