It’s a known fact that we here at PRC.net get our news from our direct competitors sites, and inject our own opinions into article’s we’ve read to present an entirely different take on what would otherwise be rudimentary news, and today will be no different. InsideSimRacing have just posted a review of the KOR-FX Gaming Vest, a literal vest that acts as a force feedback/surround sound body suit.
The vest is priced at $135 and “uses award-winning 4DFX technology that transforms the acousto-haptic signals (audio) coming from your games or media into pinpointed high-definition feedback that allows you to feel the on-screen action and environmental factors for the first time.”
To take things a step further, KOR-FX advises people with heart conditions to consult their doctor before actually using the thing.
- If you have a heart condition, we advise you to check with your doctor before using KOR-FX. If you have a pacemaker or any other heart implant do not use KOR-FX as the product contains magnets.
Okay, this is overkill.
As someone who’s been into driving games since the late 1990’s, I understand the need for a good racing wheel – you need the precision of an actual steering wheel to pilot a race car; your thumb on an Xbox 360 stick will routinely betray you. I understand the need for a good set of pedals; I routinely try to send mine through the back of my desk during a lengthy online league race and plastic DFGT pedals won’t suffice. And I understand the need for a good racing seat; you need to be comfortable during races that can last upwards of an hour. I understand the need for Virtual Reality goggles – I’ve tried it myself at a buddy’s house, and once the resolution woes are dealt with, it’s going to be a relevant alternative to a pricey triple monitor setup.
Why you’d want to wear a whole freaking surround sound system that needs constant maintenance in the form of eight hour breaks and battery replacements to properly function in the first place is beyond anything I can comprehend. There is literally no point to this $135 vest. You do not need the modern equivalent of a Power Glove.
Yet I’m sure tomorrow there will be a few comments on here saying I’m just jealous because I can’t afford it, and their $135 + shipping was a totally useful investment as the vest has truly helped them feel what the car is doing in the corners and hear when somebody has driven up alongside them.