vest_2The general consensus is that we’re going to see Oculus throw their hat into the VR input ring very soon, possibly right here at E3 2014, but one element of immersive gaming systems that still seems to be missing, that’s any advance in haptic feedback systems.

Cue Kor-FX is a new device which claims to allow you to physically feel impact suffered in game. The device works by taking an audio feed from your game and transferring those signals into syncronised haptic vibrations that gives the impression of things hitting you or low end vibrations caused by large nearby objects. The device is wireless, and incorporates on-vest adjustable controls for ‘depth of field’ and effect intensity. The vest is being pitched directly at the hardcore gaming and in particular the virtual reality enthusiast community.

Kor-FX seems to have been around for some time in one guise or another for quite some time. I recall seeing an early version of this device, ready for retail a few years back. It seems Kickstarter’s ability to propel new devices into the public conciousness works for older devices too.

vest1_largeIt certainly seems to offer to plug a gap that exists currently, despite the glut if VR related peripherals that have appeared over the last 18 months. How well it works, we’ll endeavour to find out and report back.

In the mean time, you can check out the Kickstarter page here.

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Based in the UK, Paul has been immersed in interactive entertainment for the best part of 27 years and has followed advances in gaming with a passionate fervour. His obsession with graphical fidelity over the years has had him branded a ‘graphics whore’ (which he views as the highest compliment) more than once and he holds a particular candle for the dream of the ultimate immersive gaming experience. Having followed and been disappointed by the original VR explosion of the 90s, he then founded to follow the new and exciting prospect of the rebirth of VR in products like the Oculus Rift. Paul joined forces with Ben to help build the new Road to VR in preparation for what he sees as VR’s coming of age over the next few years.
  • Kemic

    Trying to think of a practical use for this, beyond the gimmik of FPS gaming… Can’t come up with anything compelling enough for the cost. Maybe someone will help me justify this in the future, but in the meantime, I think I’ll wait and see what else people come up with.

  • Bishop

    At long last VR has the gaming bra!

  • Psuedonymous

    Oh man, the Rumblevest is back! I remember those things for sale back when the first Playstation was released. At least the fabric looks more comfortable then the rubberised plastic they used to be made of.

    • snake0

      Playstation? Try harder. These things were around since the Genesis, it was officially supported by the game Boogerman. You could feel your in-game farts through the vest. Totally ahead of its time.