Whether it’s the entry level PSVR, or a PC-powered behemoth like the Valve Index, gaming in VR can be a transcendental experience…Woojer Vest Trailer… putting you within a video game rather than beyond it. As the sector has established and grown, so too has the burgeoning selection of attachments to improve your experience. While a lot of them skew towards making your time with a cool hat on more comfortable, some are aiming to immerse you even further in the game worlds that you’re exploring.
The Woojer Vest Edge fits securely in the second classification, taking the form of a haptic-toting top that takes the audio output of your VR unit– or anything you have actually got to hand with Bluetooth or a 3.5 mm connection– and turns it into thumping haptic pulses. The sales pitch would have you feel the beats, the explosions, or the gunfire as you’re mauled by haptics. Can it actually improve your video gaming experience though?
Coming in with an advised retail worth of , 499– though it’s presently readily available for , 399 from the official website– it’s among the most expensive additions you’re going to find for your VR experience, overshadowing the entry expense of an Oculus Mission 2. However, it’s reasonable to state that if you’re interested in this item, which is a specific niche within a niche, you’re most likely looking for the best experience rather than the very best worth for money.
The Woojer Vest Edge is quite a thing to behold. Getting here in a large, angular box, when you open it up you’re greeted by a system that sits somewhere amongst the style floor sketches of The Division, Ready Player One, and the US Armed force. It’s a vision of the future that’s been tickling the edges of my memory, and is probably already right away recognisable someplace in London’s nightlife. Wherever it sits thematically, chronologically– or longitudinally– I like it.
The controls are housed in a circular unit on the upper portion of the left strap, with the main button serving both power and pairing responsibilities, while the outer ring offer you manage over the level of haptic reaction and the volume output from the Vest Edge’s earphone socket. You’ve got the option of either 3.5 mm input– with the necessary cabling offered– or Bluetooth, and syncing it to your phone or PC is as easy as any of the myriad Bluetooth accessories you most likely already own.
There’s six Osci haptic actuators stashed in the Vest Edge. There’s 2 in the top of the back piece, 2 housed in the sides at your waist, and lastly one in each of the straps. While there aren’t as numerous motorists here as there might be in some of the Vest Edge’s rivals, they’re put at helpful and meaningful indicate make the supplied feelings as covering as possible.
The Osci actuators are Woojer’s own technology, and they’re created to operate quietly, properly replicating frequencies as much as 200hz with a physical response. That’s low-end frequencies. While you’ll immediately have the ability to feel what they’re doing, you’re never able to hear it. It’s a terrific bit of engineering.
When you’ve got over the reality that you look like an extra from a sci-fi TV program– seriously, this has Stargate composed all over it– then you’ll be ready to start feeling noise, rather than just hearing it. If you’ve got any remaining doubts about whether it’s truly worth dressing up like a futuristic base jumper they’ll be swiftly pounded into oblivion at about the point the haptics start.
I went with music. I enjoy Metalcore, Synthwave, and things with thudding bass lines, and these genres are about as great a match for the Vest Edge as you’ll get. The first time I listened to Bring Me The Horizon while strapped in, I was entrusted to a lunatic grin that didn’t fade the more I looked into my musical library.
Whether it was Gunship and the pounding Drone Racing– the kick drum alone makes it worth taking a look at– or The Word Alive’s Quit While You’re Ahead, I loved listening to music in this way. It’s someplace between being down the front at a gig and standing beside a bass bin in a bar, and if you’re a fan of music the Woojer Vest Edge brings it to life in a manner you can’t quickly replicate. If you’re a fan of classical music or 60s pop there’s going to be less of a draw, but if your taste alters towards the heavier end you’ll discover it hard to return.
I followed up my musical jaunts with some movie time. This was where I took my very first foray into VR with the Vest Edge, and the established on Oculus Mission 2 was easy and swift. Taking the 3.5 mm feed from the Oculus into the Vest Edge’s control system, you then connect your earphones in series before depositing them on your head. I stressed that there ‘d be too many loose cable televisions, but with some placing under and around the Vest Edge there was never anything in the way, and nor did it limit my movement.
You’re finest served here with some effective shows; I’m thinking more Michael Bay than Michael Moore. While you can have this established for regular watching– it’s a cinch if you’re hooked into your DualSense or Xbox controller– VR viewing is unconditionally the method forward. If you’ve had a look at apps like Prime Video VR or Bigscreen you’ll understand that they put you in a virtual movie theater, and enjoying hits in VR can be pretty unique. Including the Vest Edge suggestions things securely into ‘almost as good as the genuine thing’.
I went with Spider-Man Homecoming as my first port of call, and things started fairly controlled. I don’t think I ‘d spent much time thinking about how filmmakers fine-tune the sound mix to draw the audience in, however the lack of radio frequencies in the opening was hammered home once they appeared, including severe depth to both the soundtrack and the superhero action. I loved this; it’s absolutely like having your own cinema, and considered that I ‘d matched the Vest Edge with Razer’s haptic-toting Nari Ultimate I was experiencing every blow, every blast, much like you would in a fully equipped movie theatre. No, wait. It’s better than that