Coolest thing you didn’t know existed: KOR-FX Gaming Vest
Not knowing what I was getting myself into, I was immediately captivated by the concept of the KOR-FX gaming vest. Essentially what we have here is a wearable vest peripheral that uses the mysteries of science and biology to immerse the player to the world of video games through the sense of haptic or tactile vibrations. From gun recoil, the chopper blades of an enemy chopper, down to simple footsteps, this vest responds and vibrates your core to simulate the feeling of actually being in the game.
It can be best explained in drawing a comparison to that feeling in your chest you get when someone is chasing you, and you can just feel them getting closer and closer. That tremble deep in your chest is what the KOR-FX gaming vest does its best to simulate. I played a few rounds of Counter-Strike on the PC, as well as a round of Call of Duty on the Xbox One, with the vest and although strange at first, as I forgot I was wearing it, my immersion level was significantly increased. Isolated in headphones and the vest even in a noisy convention center, I felt more aware of what was going on in the game. It sort of acted as just one more tool of sensory at my disposal to keep me aware of what was going on in the game whether it was the location of explosions or gunfire.
Though I am completely unsure of the status of consumer demand for a vibrating gaming vest, I can tell you that the KOR-FX is just ‘cool’. I’m glad that this product exists in the very least as a potential partner device to other peripherals like high-end gaming steering wheels or ultimately the Oculus Rift.
To learn more about the KOR-FX gaming vest and potentially be the first to get your hands on one, you can visit their Kickstarter page.
We look forward to the development of this exciting new peripheral and hope to get more hands on soon for a full length review.