PlayStation VR could get much better with the new foot-controlled peripheral called the 3dRudder which will be launched on June 17, 2019. In a blog post, Sony presented the device, offering an in-depth look at the way you can use it to make VR gaming better by using your feet to control some of the action.
The controller will support over 25 games at launch and will continue to add more to the list, in the future. Check out the games supported below.
3dRudder to Offer Life-like Motion
According to the PlayStation blog post, the peripheral device aims at offering a life-like motion. The 3dRudder has a circular platform where you can rest your feet. The bottom of the device is rounded, so that you can tilt it to move in a direction. When you create a bigger angle, you pick up speed.
It uses the same principles as a hoverboard, explains the studio:
The 3dRudder is an innovative device that provides a whole new form of movement for VR gamers. We see it as the hoverboard for virtual reality experiences.
Carbon Studios, one of the developers that supports 3DRudder in their game The Wizards-Enhanced Edition mentioned that using the peripheral makes for a more “free, precise, and intuitive control,” adding that it lets you free up the hands and better control different types of movement.
The architect behind this device, co-founder, Valerio Bonora, said that ten years ago he came up with the idea of building such a platform so that he could free up his hands and be able to design and move in the virtual projects with his legs:
My wrists were aching, and I thought: ‘this all would be much more efficient if I could move around in my project with my feet, and keep my hands focused on designing’. That’s how I started drawing the first concept of the foot motion controller.
His project will now be an awesome addition to gamers, and we hope that more games will be added to the list. The 3dRudder will be available for £119 in the UK and $119 in the U.S.
The Games Compatible at Launch
- Immortal Legacy: The Jade Cypher
- Undead Citadel
- Sairento VR
- Ultrawings VR
- Bow to Blood
- Pirate Flight
- The Wizards-Enhanced edition
- Red Matter
- Operation Warcade
- Beat Blaster
- Honor and Duty : D-Day
- Honor and Duty : Arcade Edition
- Nature Treks
- Mind Labyrinth
- Scraper VR
- Affected : The Manor
- Telefrag VR
- Darkness Roller Coaster
- Contagion VR
- Shadow Legend
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