It’s been a long time since we first got to try out Virtuix’s Omni VR treadmill and the company is finally preparing to roll out a more-compact consumer version of the device. It plans to ship the gaming-focused Omni One in the second half of 2020. The system will cost $1,995.
Once you strapped yourself in, you can move your in-game character by physically walking or running. The Omni One, which supports 360-degree movement, will detect crouching and kneeling too. The package includes a VR headset, so you won’t need to plug in an Oculus Rift or some such. Virtuix and third-party developers are working on games for the system, and there will be more than 30 available at launch.
You won’t need to set aside a huge area of floor space for an Omni One — it has a diameter of four feet. It’s also supposedly easy to fold
When virtual reality took off slower than expected in 2016, Virtuix pivoted with its Omni Arena 360-degree treadmills for VR, taking them into theme parks and VR arcades. But now that the pandemic has hobbled those attractions, Virtuix is returning to the home VR market with the launch of its new Omni One treadmill, debuting in the second half of 2021.
That double-pivot hasn’t been easy for the Austin, Texas-based company, but CEO Jan Goetgeluk said in an interview with GamesBeat that he has been encouraged by VR’s steady growth in the entertainment market. And he is also glad that Virtuix has had time to come up with a full solution for its $1,995 price.
“It’s always been our original vision to bring the Omni to the home,” Goetgeluk said. “That’s how we got started. In 2016. We, we pivoted to the commercial markets, as the consumer market for VR