Weirdness: Pokémon on Oculus Rift, with a Virtual Reality Treadmill

Totally practical and affordable!

Adapting popular games to the Oculus Rift is all the rage these days, from Zelda to Metroid and beyond. Now it's Pokémon's turn to get the Oculus treatment, but it's not simply the goofy headset this time. Check out Pokémon being played with a virtual reality treadmill called the Virtuix Omni, where you walk in place and it translates that movement into the game:

This new hardware is perfect for Pokémon, where most of the experience involves walking places; maybe you can get a little exercise while you catch 'em all! The version of Pokémon being played with the Oculus Rift/Virtuix Omni setup is Pokémon 3D, a fan-made 3D remake of Pokémon Gold & Silver.

If this walking simulator tickles your fancy, you can pre-order a Virtuix Omni now for the low, low price of $499 — a bargain, yes? It includes the Omni platform itself, along with special shoes, belt, and tracking hardware and software.

[via kotaku.com, youtube.com]