bHaptics Showcased the TactSuit at CES 2020
The TactSuit is a vest that has 40 vibration actuators, 20 on the front and 20 on the back of the suit. On the back is also a battery pack which will give you about 10 hours of gameplay on one charge. The TactSuit can be connected to your PC or tablet via Bluetooth which means you’ll benefit from an entirely wireless experience when you’re playing games.
What Is A TactSuit Like?
The TactSuit allows gamers to experience the vibrations, movements and sound effects of the game as if you were really there. There are two different modes you can use. The first uses the 7.1 surround sound in games or movies and uses it to produce haptic effects. You can adjust the sensations you get from these effects and even choose to filter out things like footsteps or your own gunshots.
The second way the TactSuit works with a gaming title is through native support. The way bHaptics has developed this suit is that it lets developers of games easily create and import how effects in their games are generated through the TactSuit.
Elements Of The TactSuit
The TactSuit can be broken down into a few different elements. There’s the Tactal piece, which is a Haptic face cushion for HMDs, the Tactot which is the main vest you wear and there’s also the Tactosy for arms, hands and feet to complete the full TactSuit experience.
For the full experience, using the Tactosy pieces brings another level of detail to your gaming experience, particularly for first-person shooter titles. The actuators contained in these additional pieces will actually help replicate the sensation of firing a gun by vibrating your arm when you take a shot.
This really adds a whole new dimension to the VR gaming experience and is not something you want to miss out on.
TactSuit For Music Lovers
It’s not just for gamers though. Music lovers can expect the TactSuit to bring a completely different and new experience when it comes to listening to music. bHaptics showcased a Sairento VR demo which enabled people to feel the music as well as listen to it.
bHaptics have a range of different additions you can use to build a full TactSuit, including arms, hands and feet actuators for the full experience. However, these are typically available with higher-priced bundles.
bHaptics may not have released a huge lineup like some of the other brands, but their TactSuit is certainly a standout addition at CES 2020. This is the consumer version so we’re looking forward to seeing this appear in many serious gamers’ setup in the coming months. The consumer version is currently priced at $499.99.