Earlier this month Cyberith revealed that it would finally be launching a Kickstarter campaign for its Virtualizer omnidirectional treadmill for use with virtual reality (VR) videogames on July 23rd 2014. With the company now preparing for that launch tomorrow, a starting price for the device for those that pledge a certain amount of money to the campaign has been revealed. Developers, fans and enthusiasts will be able to effectively pre-order a Virtualizer starting at $599 USD.
The kits on offer here are based on the third generation prototype of the Virtualizer. It has not yet been revealed how much money the company is hoping to raise in total for the campaign, or if there will be any other Kickstarter reward tiers, perhaps for more devices or different versions. A shipping date for those kits is also yet to be confirmed. A new version of the Vitualizer that uses haptic feedback, named the Virtualizer HT, was also announced.
“We feel that the ongoing virtual reality revolution is something that has been caused solely by the enthusiasm of a strong community, so it seemed only fitting to involve them in the process of making the Virtualizer available to a broader audience. We want to give developers and early adopters the chance to experiment with the device as soon as possible. Developers will be able to integrate and test it with their games and give us their feedback, so we can further optimize the Virtualizer,” said Tuncay Cakmak, CEO and founder of Cyberith.
The $599 price tag pits the Virtualizer at $100 more than the other VR input treadmill, the Virtuix Omni, available to pre-order for $499. The price for the latter also includes a pair of shoes for the platform, a TRAVR mini-game and a year’s warranty. It’s not clear what the Virtualizer might also offer for its price if anything. That said, Cyberith’s product allows for crouching where the Omni doesn’t.
Look for the campaign’s launch at 16:00 UTC/17:00 BST, then. VRFocus will continue to follow Cyberith and the Virtualizer, reporting back with any more updates on the product’s development.