Could gaming's future look like this? (Oculus Rift + omni-directional treadmill)

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#1 Posted by megam (457 posts) -
I'd be interested in seeing this put to use in something like Skyrim. Granted, the gun controller wouldn't work, but surely they can come up with some other motion controllers or control scheme.
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#2 Posted by Vari3ty (11111 posts) -

Video of Oculus Rift and an omni-directional treadmill being used to play Team Fortress 2. 

Link to article 

What do you get when you combine a 3D virtual reality headset with a passive omnidirectional treadmill? The future of gaming, today. Virtual reality accessory startup Virtuix on Thursday posted a demo video of its upcoming Omni a natural motion interface for virtual reality applications being used in conjunction with the Oculus Rift 3D virtual reality headgear. The video showcases the killer combination being used to play a first-person shooter and the result is mind-blowing.

The user becomes fully immersed in the game, using Virtuixs passive treadmill to move and a gun-like controller to fire on enemies. Then, the Oculus Rift completes the virtual reality experience thanks to its dual head-mounted displays that provide a 110-degree viewing angle.

The experience offered by the Omni and Rift is something next-generation video game consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Microsofts upcoming next-generation Xbox obviously cant even come close to competing with out of the box. A head-mounted 3D virtual reality device coupled with an omnidirectional passive treadmill places the user inside the game. The gamer can walk, run, turn and look around as if he or she is inside the complex new world created by each video game.

I have to say, I'm impressed. While I'm not sold on the idea of physical exertion being needed to play games, this looks like it could be promising. 

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#3 Posted by JML897 (33134 posts) -
god I hope not.
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#4 Posted by dvader654 (44751 posts) -
Very interesting. Though I dont want to run. But talk about full immersion.
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#5 Posted by Teuf_ (30805 posts) -

One of my co-workers had a rift in the office today. I came *very* close to falling over, but it was fun. :P

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#6 Posted by punkpunker (3383 posts) -

might as well take part in laser tagging or paintball or airsoft skirmishes.

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#7 Posted by chaplainDMK (7004 posts) -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0-dsbeasgA i find this one way more interesting
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#8 Posted by ShadowJax04 (3351 posts) -
Looks pretty lame to me.
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#9 Posted by Jackc8 (8515 posts) -

I'm very interested in the Oculus Rift, I think having the screen fill my entire field of view would add tremendously to the immersion.  Hopefully it will catch on well enough that most dev's will support it.

You can keep that silly treadmill though.  Simulating the mental aspects of a game, like what I see, is awesome.  But the physical aspects like running would be a huge distraction. 

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#10 Posted by Zopple (31 posts) -

Reminds me of the Gadget Show's BF3 set-up. I think it'd be fun to try a few times, but I don't know if I'd personally trade in a KB/M to always play like that.

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#11 Posted by wiouds (6233 posts) -

I can see that hurting games more than improving them. Immersion is not needed and s very overrated.

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#12 Posted by yellosnolvr (19302 posts) -
i rather just go paintballing or do laser tag than play a game like that that just seems silly
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#13 Posted by LongZhiZi (2453 posts) -
The physical exertion for it's current setup would be probably be too much for any game that's extremely fast paced, but could be workable for games that only allow short distancing sprinting. They'd just have to slow down the pace required to run, I'd believe. Playing a horror game that way would be just amazing, though.
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#14 Posted by johnd13 (9336 posts) -

I'm very interested in the Oculus Rift, I think having the screen fill my entire field of view would add tremendously to the immersion.  Hopefully it will catch on well enough that most dev's will support it.

You can keep that silly treadmill though.  Simulating the mental aspects of a game, like what I see, is awesome.  But the physical aspects like running would be a huge distraction. 

Jackc8

Well said.

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#15 Posted by MonoSilver (1392 posts) -
I seriously hope not. I play games to relax and enjoy myself. I do not want to work up a sweat while gaming.
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#16 Posted by Black_Knight_00 (21086 posts) -
This would be super cool to try ONCE. Then never again.
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#17 Posted by LoG-Sacrament (20397 posts) -

i don't see it. it's just too much hardware. you crawl into the treadmill and then there's that gigantic headset. of course, there's the controller too. he's using a gun peripheral there, but he would need different peripherals for different types of games. i didn't notice him jump, but that seems like it could open up a whole new can of worms with timing and gravity and all that. then what about third person games? do we get rid of those?

i have no problem being immersed right now. i could pop in metroid prime, deus ex, or dark souls and get lost. they're able to do it with great designs rather than mountains of input devices.

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#18 Posted by dvader654 (44751 posts) -

That is great for exercise.

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#19 Posted by naju890_963 (8954 posts) -

Looks awful. I just want a controller, nothing else.

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#20 Posted by wiouds (6233 posts) -

The problem with motion control is that movement is abstract. I do not control my legs, but just move there. That is why I find controllers are great at reflect relife movement better.

Second, immersion is overrated and does not add much to the game.

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#21 Posted by Gallowhand (591 posts) -

The tech seems impressive, but it's not something I would ever use.

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#22 Posted by V3rciS (2236 posts) -

Oculus Rift is the next big thing... I've been waiting for a decent VR for some time now and I'm totally hyped. I've seen what Rift can deliver and it's truly impressive...

@people who say the prefer controllers
Well the video just wants to show that there can be alternative controls for your Oculus Rift but the original prototype is being designed with a controller in mind. You simply put the device on (glasses) and play in a totally immersive world.

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#23 Posted by iHarlequin (1928 posts) -

Setting up the Wii in my living room was annoying enough. I enjoy the technology, and I would buy the f*** out of that if my house had been built with a room -just- for it. Not the case.

 

Maybe when I switch places.