What’s virtual reality without a little sweat in real life?
Kat VR releases a omnidirectional gaming treadmill for people who want to play VR games while doing their cardio for the day.
The upcoming KAT Walk C 2 treadmill looks a lot like the movie treadmill Loan player one, which seems to have had a great influence. Like the movie version, the Walk C 2 has a harness that connects you to the treadmill so you can run and spin without losing your balance.
The harness allows for a wide range of movement. You can crouch, lean forward, duck, strafe, and even jump. It’s also quite fast and accurate with latency that is, according to Kat VR, under 10ms and distance accuracy under one millimeter.
If you ever get too lazy to run or the distance is too long, the Walk C 2 has cruise control mode, which allows your in-game character to move in a straight line with little input. All you have to do is put your foot in front of you and it activates.
There’s also the Walk C 2 Plus model which adds haptic feedback where the foot pad simulates walking on hard ground, and several vehicle modes to simulate the vibration of a moving car. The Plus model adds a chair in case you get tired.
When it comes to titles, the Walk C 2 supports all major VR headsets and 129 matches on multiple platforms like Fallout 4 VR and Payday 2.
One size does not fit all
However, there are some restrictions. It looks like you’ll need special shoes. In all promotional material, players are running over it. Luckily, a pair of these shoes comes with purchase.
The Walk C 2 is 62 inches tall, weighs 125 pounds, and has a circumference of 12.91 square feet. There are player size restrictions. Kat VR recommends players be between 63″ and 77″ tall and weigh no more than 286 pounds.
This cool gaming tech will start at $698 as part of a special early bird sale. A Kickstarter campaign will launch for the Walk C 2 on May 14. Kat VR held one for the first Walk C, which had multiple payment tiers that added multiple treadmills and pairs of shoes.