Koei Tecmo Releases VR Cabinet

I can’t overstate how much of a revolution virtual reality is. Not only due to its immersive nature as a medium, but because of the number of accessories this technology is spawning. One of the most elaborate accessories, and designed only by a single publisher, is the Koei-TecmoVR Arcade Cabinet called VR Sense. Full report source credit to Scott Hayden, roadtovr.com, and Japanese publication Game Watch.

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VR Sense plans to enhance the VR experience by imparting a sense of heat, adding scents, a “mist function”, and giving it the capability to simulate wind. VR Sense also makes use of a moving seat and a method to impart touch. The device is planned for release with 3 titles included – a horse racing game called GI Jockey Sense, a horror game naturally called Horror Sense, and the seminal Koei tactical action video game Dynasty Warriors.

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While the Dynasty Warriors game has not been demonstrated, Koei Tecmo promises to implement “new experiences surrounding the battlefield” and a realistic reproduction of hot flames” (yey?!).

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Looks promising at first glance

 

My previous experience with “VR cabinet” style accessories that strives to improve the VR experience was not good – currently available experiences typically look similar to the examples that can be found at the malls, and offer very limited functionality and very rough integration with the actual VR experience – which is also usually based on a mobile VR platform.

 

I’m hoping a big company like Koei Tecmo will be able to put out a more convincing VR accessory that will bring in more converts for VR as a medium.

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