bHaptics TactSuit X haptic feedback vests for immersive VR gaming

bHaptics TactSuit X series haptic feedback vests immerse you deeper into your VR experience by bringing feeling into the mix.

Published Mon, Nov 9 2020 8:45 PM CST   |   Updated Wed, Dec 9 2020 11:11 AM CST

bHaptics today revealed a pair of haptic feedback vests that are sure to bring an extra level of immersion to your VR gaming experience. The company is taking pre-orders now, with delivery expected before the holidays.

bHaptics' TactSuit X series comes in two flavours. The TactSuit X16 is the entry-level option. It features 16 ERM vibration motors, with eight on the back and eight on the vest's front. The X16 comes equipped with a 4900mAh battery, which gives it a claimed 22hrs of playtime.

The higher-end TactSuit X40 is packed with 40 ERM motors to add more realism to the haptic response. The extra vibration motors come at a high cost on power. The battery in the X40 has twice the capacity at 9800mAh, which gets you 18hrs of playtime.

bHaptics said that both vests are one-size-fits-all garments. That adjustable straps support chest sizes between 25" and 50". The X16 variant is a shorter garment, which bHaptics said enables you to wear it while seated. The X40 is meant for standing games.

Aside from the number of motors, both TactSuit X series vests offer the same features. Both vests offer two input modes, including wireless Bluetooth 4.0 and a wired audio jack option. The TactSuit X series vests are also SteamVR compatible, with at least 50 titles with native support. The vests also support audio-to-haptics mode so that you can use it with any gaming experience, even with your PlayStation or Xbox console.

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bHaptics is taking pre-orders for the TactSuit X16 and X40 vests from now until December 9, and it plans to ship the first units to customers on December 10. The entry-level X16 model starts at $299, and the X40 option is $499. bHaptics said that pre-order units would also include a bonus accessory kit with an audio cable, and Y-jack for use with Oculus Quest, and a mesh lining for the vest.

Kevin joined the TweakTown team in 2020 and has since kept us informed daily on the latest news. Kevin is a lifelong tech enthusiast. His fascination with computer technology started at a very young age when he watched a family friend install a new hard drive into the family PC. After building his first computer at 15, Kevin started selling custom computers. After graduating, Kevin spent ten years working in the IT industry. These days, he spends his time learning and writing about technology - specifically immersive technologies like augmented reality and virtual reality.

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