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After many years of delays, the Roto VR chair has began shipping to customers.
The chair provides seated VR users with a way to smoothly and automatically rotate, while avoiding tangling cords around the chair unit itself, alongside a wealth of other features.
The rotation and movements, managed by an internal rotor in the chair’s base, can be programmed to work automatically with VR experiences with predetermined movements. However, it can also be linked to the user with dynamic movements that smoothly turn to match where the user is looking, providing a much more comfortable experience. The chair uses a custom “Roto VR Headtracker” to track the user’s head position, which is simply a small device that clips onto the strap on the side of any VR headset.
It’s been a long journey from concept to shipment for the Roto Chair. We first wrote about the device back in 2016, when the chair first opened pre-orders. Back then, the unit cost $499, which didn’t include the advanced cable magazine, required to manage PC VR cables, and double rumble pack for vibration, which were add-ons that cost extra at the time.
These are both now included in the standard Roto VR Chair model, however price of this base model has also risen to a whopping $1,499 for consumers. The business edition of the exact same model (with no differences in the package itself, beside its intended purpose) comes with a different warranty for commercial use, which means it also costs more at $1,999. There are some other extras you can add onto the base chair package as well, but they will also cost extra.
Shipping for existing Roto VR Chair orders began this week. You can check out all of the Roto VR Chair options for purchase on their site.