A gaming simulator like no other

Think you have the best computer rig to play games? You've been upped by this setup, which combines a jaw-dropping number of sensors and inputs for a shockingly realistic Battlefield 3 experience.

Definitely adding this to my Christmas list. The Gadget Show

Are you a fan of first-person shooters? Check out this video of an astounding setup that immerses players in the action of Battlefield 3 unlike any other rig you've seen.

The gaming simulator, created by Channel 5's The Gadget Show, combines a jaw-dropping number of sensors and inputs for a highly realistic experience. The cost of the hardware alone was more than $650,000.

All the action went down in an Igloo Vision projection dome, which is a 360-degree display area housed in a steel frame enclosure. Navigating around terrain and obstacles seems intuitive, thanks to an omni-directional treadmill. To really make things feel real, the simulator ditches a traditional controller or keyboard and instead requires a gun with sensory inputs that moves the display according to the direction of the barrel.

An Xbox Kinect camera hack tracks players while 800 LEDs add to a sense of depth with ambient lighting. The real kicker is the 12 paintball guns tuned to incoming enemy fire, meaning that when you get hit, you really get hit.

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Crave contributor Christopher MacManus regularly spends his time exploring the latest in science, gaming, and geek culture -- aiming to provide a fun and informative look at some of the most marvelous subjects from around the world.

 

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