As good as PlayStation VR is, one of the things that seriously hampers its flexibility when compared to its PC VR peers is the lack of analogue control sticks on the Move controller. It often sees the controllers being ignored by developers or having special control schemes to get around a fundamental input that is featured on both DualShock 4 and Aim controller.
Well, the licensed, PlayStation branded 3dRudder may well be an answer to this flaw, getting your feet into the game and freeing up your hands for more important VR waving. The device will be out on 17th June, but you might want to sit down before I tell you the price… it’s £119/€119.
It’s essentially a foot plate that you can tilt around a rounded bottom, creating a giant analogue stick equivalent. Put your feet on it, tilt it in the direction you want to go, and the Inertial Measurement Unit and pressure sensors calculate the direction and how far you’ve tilted it to decide where you’re heading. That’s all there is to it, with no sticks or buttons to worry about
At launch, it will be supported by 25 games and can be combined with all other controllers – DualShock 4, Move or Aim. Those games are:
Immortal Legacy: The Jade Cypher
Bow to Blood
The Wizards-Enhanced edition
Honor and Duty : D-Day
Honor and Duty : Arcade Edition
Affected : The Manor
Darkness Roller Coaster
The device is topped with a slim circular platform onto which you rest your feet. This platform rests on a rounded bottom half. The combination makes for incredibly intuitive movement: you simply tilt your feet in the direction you want to move. The more angled the tilt, the faster you’ll move.
It allows for life-like motion. You can walk straight, sprint while taking a corner or stop exactly where you want to, in a smooth, seamless way.
No sticks, no buttons. Inside the device are IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) and pressure sensors which track your movements and translate them to in-game motion. We’ve demoed the 3dRudder at numerous shows and events, and everyone who has tried it has commended the seamlessness of the experience.
To use the 3dRudder, you just need to plug it in to your PS4 console via USB. No additional setup is necessary and the device is compatible (and combinable) with PlayStation Move motion controllers, the PS VR Aim controller, and Dualshock 4.