The Woojer Vest Edge fits securely in the second category…Woojer Gaming Vest…taking the kind of a haptic-toting top that takes the audio output of your VR system– 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 pounded by haptics. Can it actually improve your video gaming experience?
Being available in with an advised retail value of , 499– though it’s currently readily available for , 399 from the main site– it’s amongst the most costly additions you’re going to find for your VR experience, overshadowing the entry cost of an Oculus Mission 2. Nevertheless, it’s fair to say that if you have an interest in this product, which is a specific niche within a specific niche, you’re most likely searching for the best experience instead of the best value for cash.
The Woojer Vest Edge is rather a thing to see. Showing up in a large, angular box, when you open it up you’re greeted by an unit that sits someplace among the style floor sketches of The Division, Ready Gamer One, and the United States Military. It’s a vision of the future that’s been tickling the edges of my memory, and is probably currently instantly 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 portion of the left strap, with the central button serving both power and pairing tasks, while the external ring provide you control over the level of haptic reaction and the volume output from the Vest Edge’s headphone socket. You’ve got the option of either 3.5 mm input– with the needed cabling provided– or Bluetooth, and syncing it to your phone or PC is as basic as any of the myriad Bluetooth devices you most likely currently own.
There’s six Osci haptic actuators tucked away 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 many chauffeurs here as there might be in some of the Vest Edge’s competitors, they’re positioned at meaningful and useful points to make the supplied sensations as enveloping as possible.
The Osci actuators are Woojer’s own technology, and they’re developed to operate quietly, precisely duplicating frequencies approximately 200hz with a physical action. That’s low-end frequencies. While you’ll instantly have the ability to feel what they’re doing, you’re never ever able to hear it. It’s an excellent little bit of engineering.
When you’ve got over the truth that you appear like an extra from a sci-fi TV program– seriously, this has Stargate written all over it– then you’ll be ready to start feeling noise, instead of simply hearing it. If you’ve got any lingering doubts about whether it’s truly worth dressing up like a futuristic base jumper they’ll be promptly mauled into oblivion at about the point the haptics begin.
I went with music initially. I’m into Metalcore, Synthwave, and things with thudding bass lines, and these categories have to do with as excellent a match for the Vest Edge as you’ll get. The very first time I listened to Bring Me The Horizon while strapped in, I was left with a smile that didn’t fade the more I explored 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 in 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 way you can’t easily replicate. If you’re a fan of symphonic music or 60s pop there’s going to be less of a draw, however if your taste alters towards the heavier end you’ll discover it difficult to return.
Taking the 3.5 mm feed from the Oculus into the Vest Edge’s control unit, you then connect your earphones in series prior to transferring them on your head. I worried that there ‘d be too many loose cables, however with some placing under and around the Vest Edge there was never anything in the way, and nor did it limit my movement.
If you have actually examined out apps like Prime Video VR or Bigscreen you’ll understand that they put you in a virtual movie theater, and seeing blockbusters in VR can be pretty unique. Adding in the Vest Edge suggestions things firmly into ‘nearly as great as the real thing’.
I do not believe I ‘d invested much time believing about how filmmakers tweak the sound mix to draw the audience in, but the absence of low frequencies in the opening was hammered home once they appeared, adding severe depth to both the superhero and the soundtrack action. I liked this; it’s absolutely like having your own movie theater, and provided that I ‘d paired the Vest Edge with Razer’s haptic-toting Nari Ultimate I was experiencing every blow, every blast, just like you would in a well-equipped motion picture theatre.