StrikerVR Launching an Affordable Haptic VR Gun Accessory
StrikerVR has been making haptic VR guns for quite some time. The company is now launching a new haptic VR gun, its most affordable yet, known as Mavrik Pro. Here is a look at the technical details of the gun along with the release date of the VR gun accessory.
StrikerVR is known for its high-quality virtual reality guns for VR arcades. The StrikerVR guns provide haptic effects such as realistic recoil effects when a user fires the virtual gun. The Striker VR guns typically cost at least $1,200 depending on the model.
The company has been known for some of the best haptic VR guns in the industry. Its products are used in premiere location-based VR entertainment attractions across the globe. The haptic guns are impressive but their prices make them out of reach for consumers and smaller venues. However, the company now says it is planning to launch an affordable consumer version of the VR haptic gun next year.
The company has a new haptic VR gun called Mavrik-Pro. The gun is already available for pre-order by virtual reality arcades and attractions and will reportedly ship in October.
The Mavrik-Pro VR gun is billed as the company’s most affordable VR haptic gun at the moment but it still sets you back $1,000. StrikerVR says it is planning to sell a version of this new gun next year at discounted pricing and that the gun will come in a variety of colors. The launch of the consumer version of the gun might require corresponding consumer virtual reality games. However, the company is yet to provide any information on this.
StrikerVR’s flagship gun featured a huge haptic engine. However, the newer Mavrik-Pro gun is built with three smaller engines. It has the main ‘Thunder’ recoil module which is suited for big blasts. There is the ‘Cricket’ module in the gun’s front and rear grips that deliver subtler haptics.
The company says the extra gun modules on board enable its haptic gun accessory to provide improved haptic fidelity along with more effects that developers can play with. The new haptic gun also incorporates extra inputs with which developers can create a greater range of possible interactions between players and the peripheral.
The original gun features a touchpad at the front along with a button close to the trigger but the Mavrik-Pro adds two buttons located on the front part of the weapon giving players additional options for interacting with the game content beyond merely shooting stuff.
The Mavrik-Pro gun also has capacitive-sensing areas with which developers can more accurately represent how the gun is held and to incorporate more intricate interactions for players. The gun has capacitive zones under the body, on the foregrip, in the handle, along the bottom bar of the gun, on the gun’s trigger, under the rear grip as well as along the gun’s top back.
The new haptic gun also features a removable top plate designed with mounting hardware underneath that allows you to tailor it to various tracking systems.
The added sensing areas in the haptic gun enable developers to implement different reload interactions such as slapping the bottom of the grip to simulate the securing of the magazine like in a real gun, pulling the rear of the gun such as in a slide, or charging handle or pumping the area under the body like you would a shotgun. Incorporating these developer interactions would still require some delicate work from developers, leveraging StrikeVR’s SDK for Unity and Unreal.
Although StrikeVR has been in the market for quite some time, the company is yet to breach the consumer market. The upside is that it has been able to test its products for years in VR arcades and this experience will come in handy as it seeks to deliver a matured product to consumers.
The consumer version of the new haptic VR gun is supposed to support both Meta Quest 2 and PC VR headsets. Announced last year, the company was targeting an affordable $500 price tag for the consumer haptic device. During the announcement last year, the company had not stated how the device’s tracking would function and the haptic elements that would be integrated.
However, the device is now priced at $1,000 and is available for pre-order. The Mavrik-Pro is still exclusively available for virtual reality arcades and is set to ship in October.
The announced consumer version of the headset is planned for 2023 and will cost much less. However, StrikeVR hasn’t disclosed the price of the consumer version of the headset.