The 3dRudder Blackhawk represents the next evolution in the product line and offers a newly redesigned device providing added functionalities. It fully really takes the space limitations out of the room-scale VR experience. Users control their motion intuitively with their feet while sitting, leaving the hands free to grab hand controllers and maximize the immersion while playing games.
The new ‘Active Dead Zone’ feature adjusts automatically reactivity and stability depending on the movement direction and speed of the user. In a device like the 3dRudder, the dead zone in a 2-dimensional plan (horizontal movements) is like a circle of stability. In a 3-dimensional space, it’s like a sphere of stability. In VR, you need stability when you stay still. But when the action heats up, when you move and change directions quickly, you need reactivity: the more intense the action, the lower the dead zone. The ‘Active Dead Zone’ will be addressable as well by game developers directly from their games.
In addition, the new design includes leds and foot straps bindings; the blue leds are visually indicating the state of the 3dRudder also providing an aerial and futuristic shape to the device. The foot straps bindings are designed to help users in gaining the most precise control in their movement. When the game gets tensed especially with fast-paced FPS’, some players tended to inadvertently let their feet slide away from the 3dRudder. With the new design, it’s no longer the case and the overall experience is greatly enhanced. Gamers can also now better take advantage of the revolutionary 4th vertical axis provided by the 3dRudder. Foot straps can be adjusted and snap in and out of the device at their convenience.
If you’re interested in purchasing the foot motion controller, or would just like some more information (including pricing), you can do so on the 3dRudder official web page. The 3dRudder Blackhawk is set to hit the market in Spring 2018.