Virtuix, the company behind the Omni VR treadmill, launched a crowd-based investment campaign in 2020 to fund Virtuix Omni One, an at-home VR locomotion device targeted at enthusiasts. Previously only available to early investors, now the company announced it’s opening pre-orders of Omni One to the general public.
Update (October 19th, 2023): Virtuix started shipping Omni One to investors earlier this year, however now the company announced general availability of pre-orders has begun, with deliveries scheduled to start in Q2 of 2024, the company says.
Omni One’s introductory price is $2,595 (plus shipping), or as low as $70/month on a payment plan, the company says, which includes both the treadmill and a Pico VR headset. Additionally, anyone placing a preorder before November 16th at midnight Pacific Time will receive a free Omni One game of their choice and an exclusive ‘Trailblazer’ designation imprinted on their unit, the company tells Road to VR.
The original article announcing investor-only shipments follows below:
Original Article (March 22nd, 2023): Omni One units are now headed out to early investors (re: not backers) prior to the device’s planned consumer launch, which is said to arrive at some point later this year.
The company says its currently has a waitlist for Omni One of “more than 35,000 subscribers.”
Here’s a look at what Virtuix says is the final version of the hardware:
Virtuix says 900 of its equity crowdfunding investors have applied to buy Omni One beta units, which will be extended to late 2023, however unit quantities will “start small and gradually increase as the program proceeds.”
Similar to other parabolic VR ‘treadmills’, Omni One requires you to wear special low-friction shoes and strap into a harness system which keeps you in the center of the base’s parabola.
And although marketed as a consumer-targeted device, Omni One’s introductory price will be $2,595 plus shipping, which also includes the Pico Neo 3 Pro standalone headset. The company is however also offering a financing plan that could bring it to as low as $65 per month.
Over its lifetime, Virtuix has raised $35 million. The company says it’s now shipped over $16 million worth of products, which includes over 4,000 Omni Pro systems across 45 countries, and than 70 Omni Arena systems to US venues such as Dave & Buster’s.