Only the geekiest among us will remember the short-lived 1995 television series "VR.5," an ode to virtual reality that was part Max Headroom, part fever dream, and oh-so-awesome at the time. Nearly 20 years later, the promise of VR has yet to be realized, but at least we're getting closer, as evidenced by a demo video from gaming treadmill maker Cyberith.
The Cyberith Virtualizer is an omnidirectional treadmill that is a direct competitor to the Virtuix Omni. The demo video shows the Virtualizer used in conjunction with an Oculus Rift headset and a Wiimote.
The treadmill works with the gamer stepping into a harness, which allows for walking and running in place on a circular platform. The Oculus Rift provides the visuals and follows the head movements. In this case, the game is Skyrim. The Wiimote helps the player wield weapons using arm and wrist movements. Put it all together, and you've pretty much stepped completely into the gaming world.
Cyberith founder Tuncay Cakmak describes the experience by saying, "...my brain decoupled from reality and I was in the world of Skyrim." The side-by-side demo shows Cakmak playing the game with all of his body, sending arrows flying at dragons and engaging in magical combat.
What's most striking about the demo is just how fun it looks. Skyrim is already a beautiful game, but to be able to jump into the midst of it would be a dream come true. It's starting to look like that dream may not be too far away from reality. I can hardly wait.