It’s been a while since Virtuix has provided an update on its Omni motion platform for virtual reality (VR) experiences. Back in April 2014 the company confirmed that it had raised some $3 million USD in investments to ship its kit, which works with the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), but hasn’t made much noise since. That changed today at the 2014 Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) in San Francisco, California, as the company confirmed a new platform as well as updated launch details for the kit.
Virtuix CEO Jan Goetgeluk took to the stage during the ‘Interacting with VR Today and Tomorrow’ session to confirm that Gear VR will support the Omni. Crucially, Gear VR’s untethered nature should grant users a greater sense of freedom than when using the Omni with an Oculus Rift hooked up to a PC. Players will be able to step onto the Omni’s platform, put on a Gear VR and walk and run on the spot to simulate movement within a VR experience. No details were provided on if Omni support will be available as soon as the latter launches.
Goetgeluk also confirmed that the final version of the Omni will be revealed at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada on 6th – 9th January and will be shipping later in the year. Just what additions that company has made to the final version of the device are yet to be revealed, although those interested can still head to Virtuix’s official website to pre-order the kit for $499 USD. That price includes, among other things, the special pair of shoes needed to walk in the Omni’s dish-like platform.
VRFocus will continue to follow the Omni, reporting back with any further updates on the kit’s progress.