One headset, some motion controllers and you’re good to go in VR. Solving puzzles, discovering worlds and even racing others. If only… you could forget about the feeling of a clunky piece of gear strapped around your head. And the sensation that you’re sitting in a chair, not a real cockpit. Now, there’s a way to do that called HelmetVR #realitymagic
The virtual reality company came up with a device that takes the best of a real racing helmet and combines it with a VR headset. In this case, they put together an Arai helmet with an Oculus Rift device. Now, the obvious perk is the feeling you get with a helmet on – like you’re a professional racer, just about to take on the world.
A secondary perk is that HelmetVR provides a better balance for your head, it distributes the weight better. Finally, the audio output is more realistic, since it pours through a surround sound system. That said, imagine wearing a helmet now, indoors, no wind to sooth that summer heat. Imagine that sensation during a long VR session. Not the most comfortable, right?
Even so, what might weigh in favor of this $2,450 racing helmet for VR is the motion rig FormulaVR offers. It’s a cockpit-shaped rig with the correct driving position. The entire system is compatible with a variety of racing titles like : iRacing, Asseto corsa, RaceRoom, Project Cars and Kart Racing Pro.
The company intends to offer support for Rfactor2 and KartKraft, as well. Take a pic at the HelmetVR experience: