Real looking weapon dealing with is one in every of VR’s biggest caveats proper now. Launching pre-orders today, Striker VR seems to unravel that, but it surely’s going to value you.
We went hands-on with this new system again at GDC in March. It provides a heavy rifle-shaped controller with real looking recoil that roots you deeper within the VR experience. Utilizing an Oculus Contact, Vive wand, or PlayStation Transfer controller permits you to choose up and goal weapons with one-to-one management, however their mild weight and lack of highly effective haptic suggestions creates a transparent hole between the virtual reality and the actual factor. Striker VR’s Area Infinity answer is extra plausible, but it surely prices at the very least $2,800.
Now, to be truthful, that’s not only for the gun alone. The worth additionally contains two batteries, a charging pack and the corporate’s software development device that will help you make your individual experiences for it. Replacements also can at present be ordered. Extra importantly, Striker VR additionally provides a positional monitoring system of its personal developed in partnership with Optitrack to show giant open areas into room scale VR experiences for headsets just like the Rift and Vive, although deciding on this selection provides an additional $100 to the invoice.
For those who don’t choose it then Striker VR expects to you be utilizing the HTC Vive’s lighthouse monitoring answer, and you’ll spend an additional $100 to get a Vive Tracker bundled in. You’ll want to stay it to the gun to ensure that VR experiences to trace its location.
Clearly with that pricing (which doesn’t embrace both the $499 Rift or $799 Vive) Striker VR is concentrating on companies over shoppers, however it might effectively discover a market there with rising curiosity within the VR arcade scene and different location-based experiences like The Void. That mentioned going multiplayer would value you over $5,000.
It’s all the time attainable a less expensive consumer-focused different may come later down the road, however for now Striker is priced firmly exterior of most VR’s followers vary.
Striker VR will start to be delivered to pre-orderers within the third quarter of this yr, so maybe we may see amenities utilizing it up and operating by the tip of the yr.