The ultimate dream of many VR players is to experience true immersion in virtual reality; Being able to not only hear and see the virtual world, but also feel it with your whole body. Well, those dreams are about to become a reality soon, thanks to a collaboration between SomniumSpace and Teslasuite, but you’ll have to shell out if you want to give it a go.
Somnium Space and Teslasuit are developing a haptic suit, called the DK1. It is announced (via a middle rank) that the DK1 suite will include full-body motion capture and comes with 68 haptic points capable of simulating a variety of physical sensations.
- These haptic feedback VR gloves are changing virtual reality
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If you want to test out these haptics, Somnium Spaces has created five features and experiences for users to try. Full-body tracking will allow you to map your movement in VR without the need for external trackers, while the physical XR interaction experience will let you feel the touch of other players in a social situation.
If you missed the heartwarming music of a concert, your suit will finally help you feel re-energized with VR Disco, or you can relax instead as the haptic suit rained down on your body. Mimics the feel of drops. Lastly, and perhaps most interestingly, Annihilator VR is the shooting game where users will be able to feel the effects of the shots on their bodies.
How to get the VR Haptic Suite for yourself
This all sounds surprising to you, but here’s the bad news, you almost certainly won’t find any of these DK1 haptic suites. At least not now. This is because from now till the end of July, only 10 suits will go on sale.
10 suits going Auctioned on OpenSea And a DK1 Suite Already selling for over 10 WETH (Wrapped Ethereum) or $20,000 (approximately £14,400 / AU$26,700). If you have so much cryptocurrency that is burning a hole in your digital wallet, feel free to watch the first wave of auctions that end within a few days of writing.
However, if you’re like most of us and don’t have $20,000, you’ll have to wait until more consumer-friendly options become available. With hugely popular headsets like the Oculus Quest 2 now firmly establishing themselves as mainstream devices, we’re sure at some point a cheaper Haptic Suite option will come along to support VR players on a budget. We may still have a long time before that happens.
- Apple wants to make everything haptic, including beds