The Woojer Vest Edge fits strongly in the 2nd classification…Woojer Sound Belt…taking the type of a haptic-toting top that takes the audio output of your VR unit– 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 explosions, or the shooting as you’re mauled by haptics. Can it in fact improve your video gaming experience?
Being available in with a suggested retail worth of , 499– though it’s presently readily available for , 399 from the main site– it’s among the most pricey additions you’re going to discover for your VR experience, dwarfing the entry expense of an Oculus Quest 2. It’s fair to say that if you’re interested in this item, which is a specific niche within a specific niche, you’re most likely looking for the finest experience as opposed to the finest worth for money.
The Woojer Vest Edge is quite a thing to witness. 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.
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 duties, while the outer ring give you manage over the level of haptic reaction and the volume output from the Vest Edge’s headphone socket. You’ve got the choice of either 3.5 mm input– with the required cabling supplied– or Bluetooth, and syncing it to your phone or PC is as basic as any of the myriad Bluetooth devices you likely currently own.
There’s 6 Osci haptic actuators tucked away in the Vest Edge. There’s two in the top of the back piece, two housed in the sides at your waist, and finally 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 put at beneficial and significant points to make the supplied sensations as covering as possible.
The Osci actuators are Woojer’s own innovation, and they’re developed to operate silently, precisely reproducing 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.
Once you have actually overcome the fact that you look like an extra from a science fiction television program– seriously, this has Stargate composed all over it– then you’ll be ready to begin feeling sound, instead of simply hearing it. If you’ve got any sticking around doubts about whether it’s actually worth dressing up like a futuristic base jumper they’ll be promptly pummelled into oblivion at about the point the haptics begin.
I opted for music first. I’m into Metalcore, Synthwave, and things with thudding bass lines, and these genres have to do with 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 left with a lunatic 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 having a look at– or The Word Alive’s Quit While You’re Ahead, I adored listening to music in this way. It’s someplace in between being down the front at a gig and standing next to a bass bin in a nightclub, 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, but if your taste alters towards the heavier end you’ll find it difficult to return.
Taking the 3.5 mm feed from the Oculus into the Vest Edge’s control system, you then attach your headphones in series prior to transferring them on your head. I stressed that there ‘d be too numerous loose cable televisions, however with some placing under and around the Vest Edge there was never ever 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 routine watching– it’s a cinch if you’re hooked into your DualSense or Xbox controller– VR watching is unconditionally the method forward. If you’ve taken a look at apps like Prime Video VR or Bigscreen you’ll know that they put you in a virtual cinema, and watching smash hits in VR can be quite unique. Including the Vest Edge suggestions things firmly into ‘almost as good as the genuine thing’.
I chose Spider-Man Homecoming as my first port of call, and things started fairly subdued. I do not believe I ‘d spent much time thinking of how filmmakers tweak 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 superhero and the soundtrack action. I loved this; it’s absolutely like having your own cinema, and given that I ‘d combined the Vest Edge with Razer’s haptic-toting Nari Ultimate I was experiencing every blow, every blast, similar to you would in a well-equipped movie theatre. No, wait. It’s better than that