I want to love the Virtuix Omni. I really do! My inner nerd is screaming to love it. Being able to see (with VR) and walk or even run around a virtual world. It just sounds so awesome.
However using this thing is akin to driving a beater car and not being able to afford to take your date to McDonald's. Yes, I said it. The Omni is not going to help you become "closer" to your date.
Let's delve into the practicality of owning a Virtuix Omni:
How to set it up?
- The device requires an Oculus Rift. That has cable(s). You need to have somehow the cable hanging from the roof so that you don't trip over it.
- Where do you put this thing? If you have a spare room, sure. But how many people have an extra room that can be devoted to the Omni?
You can now pre-order one of these bad boys. It costs $499. Also, you need to add shipping costs which are not displayed on the ordering page. If you refer to their FAQ it states:
"How much will domestic shipping cost?
So let us just say another $100. Plus tax, so here in California, you're looking at around $650 delivered. You also need an Oculus Rift so another $350 - $400 for around a total of $1,000. You also need another room in your house/apartment, so add some more for rent/mortgage.
So not cheap then.
There is an SDK that developers need to work with for full Omni support. As a developer, I don't want to support something that very few people will own. I am already supporting NVIDIA, ATI, various sound boards, Physics engines and now VR devices. Why do I want to increase my cost with Omni support?
Perhaps why Virtuix at CES they were demonstrating their own in-house developed game.
New at CES 2015
Recently announced they have little trackers that fit onto the top of the shoe that help to track your movement. They are awesome, and I only saw them fly off a few times.
Therefore, unless you're a rich hardcore gamer or Dave & Busters with lots of space. Why would you buy this?
Buy your girl some flowers and take her to a nice dinner. You'll have a much better time.
If you're reading this and you're a girl? Please tell us what you think!
CES 2015 - Virtuix Omni Video