In late 2020 we reported on the new Kickstarter campaign from the creators of Cybershoes, they wanted to bring their VR locomotion technology to the new Oculus Quest 2. Now, the Kickstarter campaign for the development of the technology has ended and the result is a total of $98,420 raised from 470 backers.
This is triple their original funding goal and it seems like the increased funding for the company has allowed them to speed up the process of bringing the product to market.
The original date for the shipping of the first run of Quest Cyber shoes was April 2021 but now they have announced that the first 400 Cybershoes for Quest will begin shipping next week.
They have also announced that anyone who purchases a new Cybershoes pack will receive the game Arizona Sunshine for free. In that same announcement they also confirmed that new games like Myst and Journey of the Gods will also be compatible with their peripheral.
The new Quest specific version of Cybershoes requires an extra piece of hardware. There is an extra module containing another IMU that will have to be mounted to the headset itself. Using the IMU on the headset and those in the shoes, they can accurately track movement on both the X and Y axis. This will definitely have an effect on your battery life, the headset module is powered via USB-C from the Quest headset.
If you already own a pair of Cybershoes for PCVR, you can purchase the extra IMU unit separately for a reduced price, the early bird price was $50 but the full price will be $79 when they release to the public.
Only time will tell how good these peripherals will be in increasing the immersive nature of the VR experience.