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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)