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Wednesday 19 June 2019

PlayStation VR controller for feet aims to solve ability to move around in games

3DRudder’s foot-powered tilting disc frees up player’s hands for other in-game actions.

3DRudder’s foot motion controller for PlayStation VR (3DRudder/PA)
3DRudder’s foot motion controller for PlayStation VR (3DRudder/PA)

By Jamie Harris, Press Association Science Technology Reporter

A foot motion controller has been unveiled at CES for the PlayStation VR, which may address the issue of movement within virtual reality games.

Most VR games and experiences have limited locomotion, leaving players to use hand controllers to navigate around the virtual world.

3DRudder has come up with a way to allow players to move about using a foot motion controller, freeing up hand controllers for other tasks. The controller comes in the form of a tilting disc, which users can push with their feet in the desired direction when seated.

The French-founded device requires no set up and will work on compatible games when plugged in, the company said.

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3DRudder’s foot motion controller for PlayStation VR (3DRudder/PA)

3DRudder has showcased its technology at previous CES conventions, but this time it has built it specifically for PlayStation VR, making it compatible with more than 20 titles upon launch and with plans to add new games every month.

Sairento VR, Bow To Blood, Red Matter, Ultrawings, Pirate flight, The Wizard, Honor & Duty: D-day, Blind, Operation Warcade and Mind Labyrinth have been revealed among the first batch of games that will work with the controller, which will go on sale from mid-April costing 119 euro – about £106.

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