Last month VRFocus reported on news that Virtuix would be revealing the final version of its Omni omnidirectional treadmill for virtual reality (VR) experiences at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. That event is still over a month away, although the company has recently revealed just when those that have pre-ordered the kit are likely to receive it. The reveal comes in the form of a gift certificate that people can use when pre-ordering the Omni as a Christmas gift for someone else.
The certificate lists an estimated delivery of April 2015 for the Omni. That puts three months between the reveal of the final device and when fans will be able to finally get their hands and feet on it. The Omni resembles a dish that users put on a special pair of shoes to walk on the spot when standing on. The kit is compatible with the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) although the developer recently revealed that it would also be compatible with Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based HMD, allowing for an untethered experience.
The Omni can currently be pre-ordered for $499 USD. This price also includes a pair of shoes, a support harness, the company’s tracking software and hardware, a number of demo experiences and a year’s warranty. Another bundle includes two kits for $1,019. Look for the finally design to debut at CES between 6th – 9th January next year. VRFocus will continue to follow the device leading up to launch, reporting back with any further updates on it.
UPDATE: Virtuix has been in touch with VRFocus to clarify that the April 2015 window applies to those that pre-order the Virtuix Omni now. Those that have pre-ordered before should receive their units before this date. VRFocus apologises for any confusion.