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Don't stand for VR gaming: Ski, gallop and steer instead

This company is bringing some serious peripherals to the VR gaming arena.


Futuretown's riding module.


VR may be the big thing in gaming, but one company thinks virtual reality isn't quite real enough.

Futuretown is aiming to fix that with Totalmotion, a peripheral-based 5D platform. It takes cues from body movement to control the VR world and comes in three distinct modules to match each simulation.

The standing module is designed for VR experiences such as surfing, skiing, snowboarding and skateboarding. It comes with boot-locking mechanisms at the base, and you can hold on to an additional railing system if you don't feel confident on a board.

The riding module has been designed to simulate the experience of riding horses, dinosaurs and other beasts. It's perfect for games such as ARK: Survival Evolved. With integrated controls that work as reins for your steed of choice, the seat itself is designed to match that of a saddle.

The motorcycle module, equipped with all of the throttle and brake functions of a real motorcycle, is for VR speed freaks looking for racing thrills on virtual jet skis or racing in a MotoGP.

Demonstrated last week at the Tokyo Game Show, the Totalmotion 5D has support for most major VR devices, including HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, though no pricing has yet to be announced. The products are expected to be released at some point in the next year.