Initially, locomotion specialist KAT VR concentrated on the enterprise and location-based entertainment (LBE) market with large omni-directional treadmills. Then last year the company turned its eye towards the consumer market with its wearable system KAT Loco. Today, a new and improved second-generation kit has been revealed, the KAT Loco S.
KAT Loco S takes the same methodology as its forebear, three small lightweight pucks which attach to a players ankles and waist, tracking their on-the-spot physical movement and converting into virtual locomotion. This new system features second-gen motion sensors and decoupling technology as well as new magnetic-interference resistance and a simplified setup and calibration.
Only weighting in at 35g/1.23oz each, the pucks feature Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless connectivity, a signal range of three meters and a 370mAh battery which KAT VR claims is good for seven hours of continual use and 50 days on standby. Compatible with its KAT Gateway software to setup and adjust various parameters, the system works with most headsets including Oculus Rift/Rift S, HTC Vive, Oculus Quest and PlayStation VR – the latter requires an additional “PiSystem” adapter.
When it comes to software compatibility KAT VR lists a wide variety of titles, from Half-Life: Alyx and The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners to Boneworks and No Man’s Sky. Most big-name VR games seem to be supported.
KAT Loco S isn’t available just yet, launching a short pre-order window today before shipments begin in December. Early adopters will get a 20% discount until 27th Nov, dropping the price from $229 USD down to $183 for the basic PC VR compatible kit (the PlayStation VR version is discounted to $302). After that date, a smaller 15% discount will still be available until 31st December 2020.
This isn’t the only consumer system KAT VR has for those looking for immersive locomotion options. During the summer the company successfully completed a $1.6 million Kickstarter campaign for KAT Walk C, a compact omni-directional treadmill with shipments beginning last month.
KAT VR isn’t the only one working in this field, this week Cybershoes launched a Kickstarter for an Oculus Quest compatible model, already hitting its funding goal. As further announcements are made, VRFocus will keep you updated.