Virtuix's first omni-directional gaming treadmill, the Omni, was a Kickstarter success. I personally backed and received mne many years ago and while it hasn't been as smooth of a transition in using it with some of my games, there have been times where I've felt really immersed walking around it it. The problem for home owners is it's pretty big and bulky and Virtuix stopped selling it to consumers shortly after it started shipping it.
Enter Omni One. Omni One is built for the home and Virtuix wants it to be for gaming what Peloton is for exercise bikes. The Omni One doesn't need a safety ring around you anymore to keep you in place, going with a single arm and vest design. The design is similar to other gaming treadmills out there. The smaller design gives you 4-ft diameter surface to run on.
With how the Omni One is, you can jump and crouch, something you couldn't really do with the original Omni. I know I've tried many times on mine. That alone makes this a lot more versatile.
Once you're done, you can fold up the Omni One to store it.
It looks like a big step up from the previous Omni and is definitely designed better for the home setting. Right now looking at my Omni next to me, I wish I could trade it in for the Omni One.
Slated for the second half of 2021. pricing will be $995 if you want what's called the dev kit. They are also going to sell a complete kit with a stand alone VR headset for $1995 that allows you to play without a PC. They'll have 30 titles at the start in their own store including Call of Duty and Fortnite with more as time goes on. You can still plug it into your PC to play your own games, but time will tell if the support will come from games to take advantage of it. Currently, Virtuix hasn't finalized which VR headset they will sell with the bundle.
Those that want to invest can go to https://invest.virtuix.com/ and get up to $800 off if you become an investor. Investing starts at $1000.
In a time where we're trying to find anything to do at home with the pandemic happening, this looks like a nice way to game and exercise at the same time.
WALK THROUGH VIRTUAL REALITY WORLDS AT HOME: VIRTUIX UNVEILS OMNI ONE, A UNIQUE OMNI-DIRECTIONAL TREADMILL FOR THE HOME THAT LETS YOU STEP INTO YOUR FAVORITE GAMES
Now players can explore virtual worlds from the comfort of their own homes with Virtuix’s Omni One, a complete entertainment system whose 360-degree experience delivers the immersive feeling of physically moving in VR
AUSTIN, TEXAS (October 7, 2020) – After transforming how virtual reality enthusiasts can explore new worlds for the commercial market, Virtuix (https://www.virtuix.com/) is seeking to take home entertainment to the next level with the launch of Omni One, a consumer version of the Omni, a unique omni-directional treadmill that enables players to walk or run in any direction through their favorite videogames and other virtual environments.
Inspired by the popularity of Omni Pro, a commercial version of the Omni available at more than 500 entertainment venues in 45 countries, Austin-based Virtuix has created Omni One, a home version that’s designed to fit tastefully inside a living room or other place in your home. Compared to Omni Pro, Omni One is lighter, more compact (4-ft. diameter), easy to fold up and store, and allows players unmatched freedom of movement, including crouching, kneeling, and jumping.
Omni One is a complete entertainment system that comes with a standalone VR headset (no PC or cables required) and works straight out of the box, providing a seamless user experience. Omni One will feature its own game store with 30 titles at launch, including Call of Duty and Fortnite style games developed by Virtuix alongside top titles licensed from third parties.
With Omni One, your home becomes a portal into new worlds and gaming adventures like never before. Imagine roaming the intriguing landscapes of your favorite games…striding alongside giants through snow-covered canyons, tracking across battlefields ablaze with dragon fire, or charging into abandoned cities to eradicate mutant hordes as if you were actually there.
"Omni One is like nothing else out there – it’s a breakthrough in omni-directional treadmill technology," said Jan Goetgeluk, founder and CEO of Virtuix. "Compared to Omni Pro, Omni One no longer has a support ring. So it gives users unrestricted freedom of movement, including crouching, squatting, backing up, and even jumping. You essentially become one with the machine."
Omni One’s key features and benefits include:
An Omni-directional treadmill that lets you walk or run in videogames or other virtual worlds, in any direction and at any speed, while occupying only a small amount of floorspace.
It’s a complete entertainment system that comes with everything you need, including a cable-free, standalone VR headset (no PC needed).
Omni One also keeps you in shape by burning calories while gaming (think Peloton bike for gamers).
Initially slated for 2022, Virtuix now aims to release Omni One in the second half of 2021. Before selling Omni One to the mass market, Virtuix is launching a Regulation A ("Reg A") funding campaign to spread awareness of Omni One among consumers, gamers, and the investment community (minimum investment of $1,000).
You can sign up to reserve your spot in the investment round and qualify for an investor discount of up to 40% (worth $800), (https://invest.virtuix.com/). You can also check out Virtuix’s latest demo video (https://youtu.be/aOYHg8qdxTE) to see Omni One in action