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These Korean students made their own Overwatch VR rig

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A group of Korean high school students have whipped up a multi-part rig that lets them play Overwatch in VR, without ever laying a finger on a conventional controller. You move around the battlefield by leaning in whatever direction you want to go, fire and reload with a toy gun, and even punch suckers in the face, by punching them in the face. 

The specifics of the build aren't entirely clear because, alas, I cannot read Korean. But according to Akshon Esports the components are a VR headset (Samsung Gear VR) and smartphone, an IMB sensor, an Arduino chip, a button, ball-bearing, a PC, a motion detection device, and a copy of Overwatch. Some assembly required, obviously.  The end result bears a visual resemblance to the Virtuix Omni, although it's not nearly as sophisticated. But by all appearances, it does work. 

There's some obvious input lag, and the guy demonstrating the setup looks about as excited by his intensely immersive experience as I am when I fire up Thunderbird. But it's a heck of a thing, especially for a homemade build, and much like we said about the Omni a few years ago, I wouldn't be at all surprised to find that this is a really exciting way to play once I got used to it. A glimpse of the future, perhaps?

Andy Chalk
Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.