True virtual reality is almost here: see Team Fortress 2 become real (sort of)
Authored by Jeanine Celestin-Greer
Whether or not the general public realizes it, people actually have been working on those fancy devices we’ve been seeing in futuristic sci-fi movies forever – virtual reality devices to be exact. The Oculus Rift VR headset has existed for some time and has received praise and interest from developers like Valve in the past (though it isn’t available yet to consumers).
Now there’s a video of someone using the Oculus Rift VR headset in tandem with the prototype omnidirectional Virtuix Omni VR treadmill to simulate running and other actions to be fed back into Team Fortress 2.
The Virtuix Omni VR Treadmill will be soon available to fund via Kickstarter, like the Oculus Rift was.
“The action feels like real running,” Virtuix boss Jan Goetgeluk told Road to VR. “The immersion is intense. I had a former Marine try HL2 yesterday, and he was slightly shaking.”
Check out the video for yourself below:
The whole thing reminds me a bit of how virtual reality games were played in the PlayStation 2 JRPG Star Ocean 3: Till the End of Time, where the virtual reality games took over the entire room and as a result people actually became athletic, in-shape and somewhat combat-ready within the games (they were even dangerous, in fact).
Who knows, maybe the overweight gamer stereotype will become a thing of the past? What do you think, would you be interested in catching some real combat, or finally understanding exactly just how much running your character actually does?