According to Kotaku, VR Sense works with Playstation VR technology. Photos show users wearing elaborate PSVR headsets and clutching PS Move controllers. It doesn’t say if those come with the cabinet, or if you’ll have to purchase those separately.
In addition to your eyes and ears, VR Sense engages your nose and skin. The cabinet has functions for wind, “mist,” temperature, and scent. All of these will presumably work together to increase your immersion.
Supposedly the “scent function” will be able to replicate multiple kinds of environments. The pictures from the conference show everything from a forest to a snowy mountaintop.
The chair in the cabinet can also move in all different directions. Unsettlingly, it also comes with a sturdy seatbelt. This might mean a bit of shaking or jostling action for the users inside.
It isn’t just breezes or rain that you can feel when you sit in the VR Sense. One of the pictures shown during the press conference implies that users can feel bugs and rats crawling on them.
Three games were announced for the VR Sense: Dynasty Warriors, GI Jockey Sense, and Horror Sense. One of the pictures shows a racing horse, so presumably the player will be riding said steed in the game.
VR Sense can be played with at the Japanese Amusement Expo, a trade show for arcade products in Tokyo. The Koei Tecmo reps hinted that it might also have use outside of arcades, including in hotels.
No word yet on how Koei Tecmo plans to engage your taste sense, but we can only hope to never find out.
Meet “VR Sense.” This is a Koei Tecmo’s dedicated VR arcade cabinet. It won’t only have VR headsets, but is equipped to respond to all five senses, including smell and touch.
VR Sense’s base hardware is the PlayStation 4, and it also uses both the PlayStation Move and PlayStation VR.
So, can’t you just experience this at home? From the sound of it, no.
The cabinet’s chair, for example, can rotate right and left as well as up and down. What else? There’s a “wind function,” that gives the sensation of running through a field or racing a horse, a “hot and cold function” that can change the temperature in the cabinet, and a “mist function” to simulate rain.
To appeal to the sense of smell, the cabinet has a varied “scent function” able to replicate everything from a fresh forest to a smoky battlefield. As currently described, the “touch function” isn’t what you’d think, considering these are the folks behind Dead or Alive Xtreme 3. Rather, it will reproduce the sensation of insects and rats clawing over your body, which sounds terrifying.
If Dead or Alive does appear on this cabinet, good thing it has a seatbelt!