The foot-controlled future of gaming?

It looks like a UFO, but the 3dRudder controller is a real game changer for VR fans

3dRudder, €99
3dRudder, €99

If you are into virtual reality games – or, to a lesser extent, PC gaming – this new form of controller from a French startup could make the experience a lot more instinctive than using hand-held devices. Which is odd because it’s quite counterintuitive; the UFO-shaped 3dRudder lets you use your feet to control movement in all axes. 

When I say the feet-first principle of the 3dRudder is counterintuitive, I should acknowledge that this is moot; I am always surprised that aeroplanes are partly steered with your feet, and yet even in the short time I have spent at the controls of aircraft, it has seemed wholly natural after a few minutes. So while it sounds as if the 3dRudder could be tricky to use, the reality turns out to be quite the opposite. After a few wobbly minutes in a complex VR flying-in-space experience, I found I was moving quite fluently with the 3dRudder under my size 10s – and able to use my hands for other functions requiring a more delicate touch, such as shooting at enemies.

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The 3dRudder turns out to be both fun and – literally – a game changer: a satisfying new way to interact with virtual worlds.

 

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