Virtual reality (VR) fans will already be well acquainted with the idea of omni-directional treadmills such as the Virtuix Omni or Cyberith Virtualizer. But these aren’t the only kits that are hoping to occupy user’s living rooms in the near future; UK-based company WizDish is also making a bid to become the definitive VR locomotion device with its product, ROVR. Today the company has announced the price for its upcoming development kit for the product.
The ROVR developer kit will cost £395 GBP, though the company has confirmed to VRFocus that it is hoping to lower that price for the eventual consumer version of the kit. The news was announced today at the 2015 South West Virtual Reality Conference (SWVRC), where the company is showcasing the device along with its first-person Pac-Man style videogame FPS-Man. Details about when this new developer kit will ship are also yet to be confirmed.
ROVR weighs around 15KG in total and requires users to put on a special pair of shoes before using. With the shoes on, players will be able to put on a VR head-mounted display (HMD) such as the Oculus Rift and walk around inside VR experiences as if they were really there. The device can be flat packed, allowing for easier transportation that its rivals. It’s not clear if it might support other HMDs past the Oculus Rift in the future.
VRFocus will continue to follow WizDish and its ROVR closely, reporting back with any further updates on the product.