The 3dRudder is a foot activated motion controller specifically designed to enhance the VR experience, with a half sphere design, the movements needed to control the device are very intuitive.
We found the 3dRudder easy to install and it is compatible with all PC games that are played on the keyboard, the controller, or joystick. It works on 4 axes that allows you to move forward, backward, strafe left and right, rotate, or use the special feature by lifting one foot up at the toe and lift the other foot up at the heel, this movement takes a little more time to master. The 3dRudder can only be used whilst seated and it is best used with an adjustable seat, so you can find the perfect comfortable position, our sofa is quite low to the floor which meant it quickly became uncomfortable on the knees.
The 3dRudder is compatible with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality HMD’s, within the Games thumbnail, you will find a full selection of VR game profiles with preconfigured settings for your 3dRudder, this means you can simply select the setting for your type of headset and the configurations will be sent to the 3dRudder. You can also use the 3dRudder when modding games, precisely control your motion by tilting the rudder to increase or decrease speed, however we recommend wearing shoes or grippy slipper socks as when you get a bit to into the game it is easy for your feet (when wearing regular socks) to slip off due to the lack of any outer rail or wall.
The 3dRudder comes with a 2meter cable which may not be suitable for larger rooms, it also takes up quite a bit of space, so you will need somewhere to store it when not in use. Aside from that, it is quite entertaining and quickly becomes second nature to use. However, it is not a responsive as hand held controllers so I think people who still prefer controller over full immersive VR won’t have their minds changed, but there is potential for people who enjoy running around their living rooms to be converted for the chance to sit down and play. RRP €99
4 out of 5
Easy to install
Compatible with all VR games
Combines with handheld controls
Designed for playing at room scale
Large unit difficult to store
No barrier to prevent feet slipping off