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Minecraft with Oculus Rift and Virtuix Omni treadmill unleashes open-world movement

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The Virtuix Omni, an omnidirectional virtual reality treadmill that allows users to walk or run in any direction and control an avatar in a game, was recently demonstrated controlling a character in open-world crafting game Minecraft in conjunction with the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

The developers recently showed off the technology working with Team Fortress 2, which was shown on Road to VR. Previous videos of the Virtuix Omni treadmill working with the Oculus Rift VR headset include Fallout: New Vegas, Crysis Warhead and The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim.

With the Omni, Virtuix aims to free gamers from the passive gameplay experience of using a keyboard, mouse or gamepad, and offering them the "intense experience and fun" of running and jumping in games. Virtuix launched a Kickstarter campaign last month with a goal to raise $150,000 in funds for the virtual reality treadmill. At the time of writing, the campaign has compiled a total of $969,755 in pledges from 2,750 backers, with 19 days to go before the crowdfunding drive ends.