Today I am diving back into my pursuit of finding a walking system that feels comfortable in VR. As you may know last month I tested the Agile VR lower body exoskeleton and unfortunately could not really get it to work correctly. So I kept looking and then I ran across the Walkovr system and I want to thank Tugra from Walkovr for sending me one to review. After some very quick and easy setup I had it all strapped up and ready to go. I have to say that the setup was very straightforward and getting the unit on and off is not difficult at all. The elastic bands have good strong Velcro and hold the transmitter units tight but not uncomfortably so. The system consists of 5 transmitters that are sending data via a Bluetooth connection back to the PC. One thing I found is that you want to get your Bluetooth dongle up and away from your PC for the best results.
The Walkovr Software suite has only a few settings that need to be fine tuned and were again pretty straightforward and not overly complicated. I was able to get it dialed in to almost feeling 1:1 in the new Half Life Alyx game as the Walkovr software had just had an update the day prior to filming this that optimized the system specifically for playing Alyx.
Once I booted up Alyx and got into the game I was amazed at a few sudden moments of strong feelings of presence as I was walking up a staircase in the beginning of the gameplay portion of the video. As I mention it was almost as if I could feel the sensation of an elevation change as I walked up the stairwell. This was one of the times I really felt that the software was in sync 1:1 with my actual steps and man lemme tell ya… it was a fleeting but magical feeling!
Another thing I wanted to touch on with Walkovr is its potential for VR fitness applications! As some of you may know I lost almost 50 pounds last year doing a fitness series here on the channel with my Wife Stacey and unfortunately I have already gained most of it back so I can already see tons of VR fitness potential in the WalkOVR product and will definitely start to explore that aspect of it as I try to lose some weight again. Let me know in the comments if this is something you might be interested in watching as it would only be me this time and not both myself and Stacey.
So I have to say I really enjoyed playing in the WalkOVR and will continue to do so… I want to thank them again for sending this out! If you want to grab a WalkOVR system for yourself then head to their website through the link below.
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- Sorry for the persistent cursor on the screen during the gameplay portion of this video… I didn’t notice it until I had already completed filming! -(