The Woojer Vest Edge fits firmly in the second category…Woojer Vest Vs Subpac…taking the type 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 shooting as you’re pounded by haptics. Can it really enhance your video gaming experience though?
Coming in with an advised retail worth of , 499– though it’s currently available for , 399 from the main website– it’s among the most costly 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 product, which is a niche within a niche, you’re most likely looking for the finest experience as opposed to the finest worth for cash.
The Woojer Vest Edge is quite a thing to witness. Showing up in a big, angular box, when you open it up you’re welcomed by an unit that sits somewhere among the design flooring sketches of The Department, 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 most likely already instantly 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 tasks, while the external ring offer you manage over the level of haptic response and the volume output from the Vest Edge’s headphone socket. You have actually got the choice of either 3.5 mm input– with the required cabling offered– or Bluetooth, and syncing it to your phone or PC is as simple as any of the myriad Bluetooth devices you most likely already 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 finally one in each of the straps. While there aren’t as lots of drivers here as there might be in some of the Vest Edge’s rivals, they’re placed at helpful and significant points to make the offered experiences as covering as possible.
The Osci actuators are Woojer’s own technology, and they’re developed to run quietly, precisely reproducing 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 ever able to hear it. It’s an excellent bit of engineering.
Once you’ve overcome the fact that you appear like an additional from a science fiction TV show– seriously, this has Stargate composed 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 truly worth dressing up like a futuristic base jumper they’ll be promptly pummelled into oblivion at about the point the haptics kick in.
I chose music first. I enjoy Metalcore, Synthwave, and things with thudding bass lines, and these genres 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 left with a lunatic smile that didn’t fade the further 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 somewhere in 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 heavier end you’ll discover it hard to go back.
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 depositing them on your head. I fretted that there ‘d be too numerous loose cable televisions, but with some positioning under and around the Vest Edge there was never anything in the way, and nor did it limit my movement.
If you’ve examined out apps like Prime Video VR or Bigscreen you’ll know that they put you in a virtual cinema, and watching blockbusters in VR can be quite unique. Adding in the Vest Edge pointers things strongly into ‘nearly as excellent as the genuine thing’.
I went with Spider-Man Homecoming as my very first port of call, and things started relatively subdued. I don’t think I ‘d spent much time thinking about how filmmakers tweak the sound mix to draw the audience in, but the lack of radio frequencies in the opening was hammered home once they appeared, including serious depth to both the superhero and the soundtrack action. I enjoyed this; it’s definitely like having your own movie theater, 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 fully equipped movie theatre. No, wait. It’s much better than that