Put your mechanical bull on Craigslist and get this VR motion simulator

Virtual reality startup Futuretown announced the upcoming launch of Totalmotion, a body-controlled platform interface that can be adapted to suit a variety of VR experiences and simulations in conjunction with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets.

Futuretown demonstrates several of the device’s potential applications in the trailer above, giving an early glimpse at VR motocross, snowboarding, and horseback riding scenarios that employ Totalmotion technology.

Designed for amusement parks and stand-alone VR attractions, the Totalmotion is a modular platform that players either straddle or stand upon, depending on the simulated experience. The base of the platform moves and rotates with player input, resulting in fluid controls and movement within a VR space.

To further enhance player immersion, the Totalmotion can be upgraded with a number of bolt-on accessories, including handlebars and customized seating. Futuretown demonstrated several in-development applications during its showcase event at Tokyo Game Show this week, including the games Whiteout: Ski VR, Infinity Rider: Motorcycle VR, Wave Breaker: Surf VR, and Stallion Adventures: Horse Riding VR.

“Our vision is that virtual reality technology will transform people’s lives and change the way they perceive and interact with the world,” Futuretown Honorary Chairman Peter Chou told VR Focus. “Futuretown has been an early pioneer of virtual reality and an innovator with cross-platform and digital content creation. We are excited to deliver the world’s most advanced and immersive virtual reality experience for everyone to enjoy and make our vision a reality.”

Futuretown previously produced the popular HTC Vive application Cloudlands: VR Minigolf, along with the virtual reality shooters Jeeboman and A-10 VR.

“The Totalmotion platform opens up new opportunities for developers to create virtual reality experiences that were not possible before,” Futuretown CEO Johan Yang said. “With the modular design of the Totalmotion platform, we can more easily expand and build new virtual reality experiences suitable for all ages.”

A launch date for the Totalmotion platform has not been announced.

Mobile

From the road to your wrist, see how Android has evolved over the past 10 years

Android started out as just a mobile operating system, but 10 years in it's pretty much everywhere. Check out our round-up of all the different Android variations that have cropped up so far, and what might be coming in the future.
Emerging Tech

Nvidia’s new A.I. creates entire virtual cities by watching dash cam videos

Nvidia's groundbreaking new machine learning technology can generate a convincing virtual city simply by showing it car dashcam videos. Here's how it works and why that's so exciting.
Gaming

This list of PlayStation 4 exclusives puts its competitors to shame

The PlayStation 4's game library and incredible selection of exclusive games could make anyone with an Xbox One or Nintendo Switch think twice. Here's our list of the latest and greatest PS4 exclusives.
Emerging Tech

Here’s all the best gear and gadgetry you can snag for $100 or less

A $100 bill can get you further than you might think -- so long as you know where to look. Check out our picks for the best tech under $100, whether you're in the market for headphones or a virtual-reality headset.
Computing

Oculus VR could upgrade the Rift with a new display in 2019

Oculus could be set to release a new version of its Rift headset in 2019, but it will be more of a modest upgrade than a true sequel. The Rift S, as its purportedly called, will have a new display, and inside-out tracking.
Mobile

Google awarded patent for using eye tracking to detect expressions in VR

Google was awarded a patent that involves using eye tracking to infer facial expressions using machine learning in virtual reality. The tech could help make virtual reality a whole lot more immersive than it already is.
Virtual Reality

Prototype Valve VR headset leaked: HTC Vive challenger confirmed?

Leaked images revealed that a Valve VR headset is in development, even amid Valve's partnership with HTC for the HTC Vive. Sources confirmed the device, which may be bundled with a Half-Life VR game.
Gaming

Immerse yourself in a new universe with these incredible PSVR games

The PSVR has surpassed expectations and along with it comes an incredible catalog of games. There's plenty of amazing experiences to be had so we've put together a list of the best PSVR games available today.
Virtual Reality

Is the Vive Pro better than the original Vive? Our answer might surprise you

HTC Vive vs. Vive Pro, which comes out on top? That's the subject of our latest comparison, which looks at everything from tracking solutions, to controllers, and the brand new headset that could set a new standard for VR.
Gaming

The best HTC Vive games available today

So you’re considering an HTC Vive, but don't know which games to get? Our list of 25 of the best HTC Vive games will help you out, whether you're into rhythm-based gaming, interstellar dogfights, or something else entirely.
Computing

A Google patent shows a way to make VR even more immersive

Virtual reality can be a really immersive experience, but it does sometimes it does have boundaries. Google has addressed this problem by patenting shoes with a flexible region on the bottom.
Virtual Reality

Think virtual reality is just for games? These awesome apps will change your mind

Virtual reality isn't all about gaming. Swim with turtles, paint in 3D, and immerse yourself in some unique experiences the platform has to offer with our curated list of the best VR apps.
Gaming

Dive head first into the best experiences available now on the Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift brought back virtual reality and put a modern twist to it. Grab your Touch Controllers, put on your VR headset, and jump into the fun with some of the best Oculus Rift games available now.
Virtual Reality

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: Prices drop, but our favorite stays the same

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are the two big names in the virtual reality arena, but most people can only afford one. Our comparison tells you which is best when you pit the Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive.