Thursday, June 13, 2013 4:45:35 PM
Now mix it in the old style of play-suit from the 20th century that has adjustable sensation of mild to Fckin painful when one gets shot , you might really be on to something .
Thursday, June 13, 2013 11:27:10 AM
I think you're right that it won`t be a part of mainstream gaming, but I think it will have a bigger niche than you think it will.
VR is appealing to many people for entertainment. VR requires some way of controlling movement in the virtual world and using a handheld input device is a clumsy and restrictive way of doing it.
I think that some sort of hybrid system is a more likely for movement control in gaming. For example, you could put pressure sensors in the shoes - if the player has one foot in front and presses their toes down, their avatar runs. Press harder, run faster. Slower, more detailed movement could then be done by walking. The same system could be used for aerobic exercise - it`s a lot more appealing than a simple treadmill - or education - e.g. take a virtual tour of Pompeii instead of just watching a video.
I agree it`s not going to be for mainstream gaming, but I think it`ll be a bit more common than you think it will.
Thursday, June 13, 2013 5:19:19 AM
While I think this is awesome and the wave of the future or whatever, for training n stuff, I certainly will not be gaming with one of these contraptions. In Europe, many houses dont even have enough space for one of these, but thats not the problem. The problem is that this poo takes a massively larger amount of effort to use than a controller, its not practical. Can you drink a sweet refreshment and toke a spliff while using this? I think not... Like voice control systems, you could talk to your computer if you wanted to, but a mouse is much faster, easier, more accurate and better for anyone who has use of their hands. Thats why the mosue is still in use. This thang will find some users among women doing aerobics games and kids, and will be built into some arcade games, but will never be part of mainstream gaming hardware. This apparatus is good for military and other simulations, training specialised response personell and for the odd joyride. Thats it.