2016 August 17

Virtual reality peripherals to check out

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When it comes to moving your feet, most peripherals are stuck in traditional gaming modes: You jump with ‘A’ or use a joystick to walk, ignoring immersive motion from the waist down. Believing that VR should have some more mobility options, the folks at 3DRudder created a VR footpad that allows the user to control all movement – horizontal, vertical and turning – using only their feet. (No word on realistically jerky jumping as of yet, though.)

According to CEO Stanislas Chesnais, the 3DRudder was designed for “existing games where two hands aren’t enough VR, where you don’t actually have any solutions today to move in a nice way while sitting.” A circular device that you control with both feet by tilting in the direction you want to move, the 3DRudder’s latency-free design means that response to your movements is instant and requires little thought. “It’s like in real life,” says Chesnais. “When you do something set the table…you don’t think about your feet moving around. Your hands are what matter.”

$179 3drudder.com

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