The Woojer Vest Edge fits strongly in the 2nd category…Indiegogo Woojer…taking the type of a haptic-toting top that takes the audio output of your VR system– or anything you’ve 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 surges, or the gunfire as you’re pummelled by haptics. Can it really improve your video gaming experience?
Being available in with an advised retail value of , 499– though it’s presently available for , 399 from the official website– it’s amongst the most costly additions you’re going to discover for your VR experience, dwarfing the entry expense of an Oculus Mission 2. However, it’s reasonable to say that if you have an interest in this product, which is a specific niche within a specific niche, you’re probably searching for the best experience instead of the very best value for money.
The Woojer Vest Edge is rather a thing to see. Arriving in a large, angular box, when you open it up you’re greeted by a system that sits somewhere amongst the style flooring sketches of The Department, Ready Gamer One, and the US Military. It’s a vision of the future that’s been tickling the edges of my memory, and is most likely already immediately recognisable somewhere 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 part of the left strap, with the main button serving both power and pairing responsibilities, while the outer ring give you control over the level of haptic action and the volume output from the Vest Edge’s earphone socket. You’ve got the choice of either 3.5 mm input– with the necessary cabling provided– or Bluetooth, and syncing it to your phone or PC is as simple as any of the myriad Bluetooth accessories you likely already own.
There’s six Osci haptic actuators hid 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 drivers here as there might be in a few of the Vest Edge’s competitors, they’re placed at meaningful and useful indicate make the offered experiences as covering as possible.
The Osci actuators are Woojer’s own innovation, and they’re developed to run calmly, properly duplicating frequencies up to 200hz with a physical action. While you’ll immediately be able to feel what they’re doing, you’re never ever able to hear it.
When you have actually overcome the truth that you appear like an additional from a science fiction television program– seriously, this has actually Stargate written all over it– then you’ll be ready to begin feeling noise, rather than just hearing it. If you have actually got any remaining doubts about whether it’s actually worth dressing up like a futuristic base jumper they’ll be quickly pummelled into oblivion at about the point the haptics begin.
I went with music. I’m into Metalcore, Synthwave, and things with thudding bass lines, and these categories are about as excellent 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 a smile that didn’t fade the further I delved 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 somewhere between being down the front at a gig and standing beside a bass bin in a nightclub, and if you’re a fan of music the Woojer Vest Edge brings it to life in such a way you can’t quickly reproduce. If you’re a fan of classical music or 60s pop there’s going to be less of a draw, however if your taste skews towards the much heavier end you’ll discover it tough to return.
I followed up my musical jaunts with some motion picture time. This was where I took my very first foray into VR with the Vest Edge, and the set up on Oculus Quest 2 was basic and swift. Taking the 3.5 mm feed from the Oculus into the Vest Edge’s control unit, you then connect your headphones in series prior to depositing them on your head. I worried that there ‘d be a lot of loose cables, but with some placing under and around the Vest Edge there was never anything in the way, and nor did it restrict my movement.
If you have actually inspected out apps like Prime Video VR or Bigscreen you’ll understand that they put you in a virtual cinema, and seeing blockbusters in VR can be pretty special. Adding in the Vest Edge tips things strongly into ‘nearly as good as the genuine thing’.
I selected Spider-Man Homecoming as my very first port of call, and things started relatively controlled. I do not think I ‘d invested much time thinking of how filmmakers modify the sound mix to draw the audience in, but the lack of low frequencies in the opening was hammered home once they appeared, adding serious depth to both the soundtrack and the superhero action. I liked this; it’s absolutely like having your own movie theater, 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 well-equipped movie theatre. No, wait. It’s much better than that