PlayStation VR brings an affordable VR experience to anyone with a PS4. But one of the biggest drawbacks is the lack of real motion. Because the system only uses one camera, you can’t really move around from your base standing or sitting position. 3dRudder, a new product at CES 2019, has a solution.
The product is a disc-like platform on which you set your feet while sitting. After plugging it into your PS4 via a USB cable, you can simply tilt your feet to move your character in-game. Pushing in any direction will move that way, and you can also spin the disc to rotate your player.
We tried a demo of the 3dRudder with an unreleased PS VR game called The Wizards. The motion definitely added an interesting element to the game, though it was a bit strange to get used to.
Not having to use your hands to move is a big plus, but it was tricky to figure out exactly how much foot pressure you should use to move. It’s also easy to forget you have the option to move by feet since this is so new!
Unfortunately, 3dRudder will not work with all PS VR games. Each game must be tuned to work with it specifically. It currently supports 20 games, with 30 expected compatible titles at launch. You can visit 3dRudder’s compatible game page to have a look at which will work.
3dRudder has been available for PC VR for a few years, and will become available for PS4 in April 2019. The system will cost $119, and of course be compatible with all PS VR systems.
The price is affordable compared to similar systems, so if you’ve wanted to amp up your VR experience with foot motion, it’s worth a look. However, the lack of supported games is a big drawback. If you’re not interested in any of the games on offer, it’s probably best to give this a pass.
Since it’s a PlayStation licensed product, we can only hope that it works with more games over time.
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