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