Used by location-based entertainment (LBE) locations worldwide, such as Hologate and Sandbox VR, bHaptics’ TactSuit system offers haptic feedback for the upper body, arms and even face. The company has been working with developers to natively integrate TactSuit into their projects, announcing this week that more titles have been added. Plus, bHaptics will be running a week-long sale for those interested in making their virtual reality (VR) gameplay more immersive.
During CES 2020 bHaptics revealed that Sairento Untethered and Thrill of the Fight had been integrated. They are now joined by Apex Construct, Death Horizon: Reloaded, Fallout 4 VR (using this mod), Half-Life: Alyx (using this mod), MissionX: Lite, Windlands 2, and Zomday. This means that TactSuit is now compatible with more than 25 videogames.
“We are committed to providing as many compatible games as possible in order to provide TactSuit users with quality haptic experiences in VR,” said bHaptics in a statement. “We’ve made sure that haptic integration is quick and easy for developers and our dev team stands ready to assist as much as they can.”
If your favourite VR title isn’t on the list then bHaptics does have a solution for that, its new Advanced Audio-to-Haptic mode. Designed to provide better haptic feedback for non-supported videogames the mode converts the audio output into haptic feedback, whilst also recognising instances like firing a gun or getting hit by an attack. The company will provide presets for popular titles such as Arizona Sunshine and The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners.
The main consumer product is the haptic vest (or Tactot) which retails for $499 USD and is compatible with headsets including Oculus Quest/Rift, HTC Vive and many more. However, starting 21st May bHaptics will be running a week-long sale (until 31st May) knocking 20 percent off the price. It’s not just the Tactot which will be on sale, all the other products in the TactSuit range will be, so treat yourself to a haptic face cushion (Tactal) or the arm sleeves. The sale will only take place on the official bHaptics store.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of the latest haptic devices for both the consumer and LBE markets, reporting back with further updates.