Virtuix Omni gaming treadmill now available for preorder

Virtuix's omnidirectional gaming treadmill, which funded up a Kickstarter storm, is now available for preorder for those who didn't get a chance to contribute.

CNET's Eric Franklin tests the Virtuix Omni gaming treadmill. CNET

After closing out its Kickstarter campaign for $150,000 with a whopping $1,109,351, the Virtuix Omni gaming treadmill -- a round, concave treadmill designed to let you walk and run around in a virtual gaming environment -- is now up for preorder.

It doesn't come with the Kickstarter early-bird pricing, where $399 scored backers a fully assembled Omni. The peripheral comes in two packages: the Virtuix Omni Natural Motion Interface for $499, which includes the treadmill, belt, studded shoes, and tracking hardware and software; and the Virtuix Omni Duel Package for $1,019, which includes two treadmills and belts and three pairs of shoes. The delivery date is estimated to be March 2014, compared with January 2014 for Kickstarter backers .

After August 13, these prices will go up to $549 and $1,069, respectively.

Although the Omni can be used with any game that uses keyboard input, its optimal use will be with the Oculus Rift, which is only available for a $300 preorder as a dev kit; the company does not yet have a consumer-ready device, and does not know when it will have one.

Still, if you're interested in VR gaming, the two devices combined look set to provide a truly amazing set-up for around a grand, once you factor in the $100 to $200 international shipping for the Omni on top.

(Source: CNET Australia)

 

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