Virtuix's Omni gaming treadmill now available for pre-order

By on August 12, 2013, 8:30 AM
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Virtuix’s Omni gaming treadmill is now available for pre-order following an overwhelmingly successful run on Kickstarter earlier this year that racked up more than $1.1 million in funding. An investment of $499 for single-player action or $1,018 (multiplayer) will get your name on the list for the innovative virtual reality device.

A single-player kit includes the Omni platform, shoes, belt and tracking hardware / software while the more expensive bundle comes with two setups and three pairs of shoes. Unfortunately the price tag doesn’t include the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset – an accessory that you’ll surely want to complete your in-home VR setup.

If you aren’t familiar, the Omni is a multi-directional treadmill of sorts that translates real-world movements into in-game motion. In addition to being able to track basic movements like walking or running, the Omni can detect other actions like crouching, jumping and strafing – movements that are sure to inject a bit more realism into first-person shooters.

The special Omni shoes work in conjunction with the omnidirectional base to allow users to move comfortably. They are said to feature a low friction sole with an intricate configuration that helps stabilize the foot for a steadier gait.

Virtuix says the Omni treadmill is scheduled to start shipping in March of 2014. Do note, however, that you’ll also need to shell out an extra $60 for shipping ($90 for international orders). Console gamers need not apply as this is a PC-only accessory (at least, for now).




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4 people like this | amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:

Hope this thing does well, lets get those fat McDonalds kids off the couch :P

JC713 JC713 said:

That is expensive.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

A whole year away and taking pre-orders already, that doesn't sound right... They must be completely out of money trying to sell this thing so far in advance.

freythman freythman said:

That is expensive.

Cheaper than a gym membership. More fun to boot.

Guest said:

I hope the Oculus is sweat proof!

thewind said:

A whole year away and taking pre-orders already, that doesn't sound right... They must be completely out of money trying to sell this thing so far in advance.

I agree! It is really expensive for what it is... A ps4 is only $400! This cant cost that much to make... I'd pay $300 but not a penny more!

2 people like this | freythman freythman said:

A whole year away and taking pre-orders already, that doesn't sound right... They must be completely out of money trying to sell this thing so far in advance.

I agree! It is really expensive for what it is... A ps4 is only $400! This cant cost that much to make... I'd pay $300 but not a penny more!

$300 barely gets you a decent "normal" treadmill. This one is omnidirectional with input to your PC, so I'd say $499 is a great value for a product that is showing its face on the market for the first time.

RenGood08 RenGood08 said:

That's pretty cool. We will have some pretty awesomely fit gamers!

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

Need to be of average height or shorter to use this. There's simply not enough room to run.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

I'll wait for gym's to incorporate this then simply take out a membership. Much cheaper. Now where did I leave my Big Mac...

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