Whether it was Gunship and the pounding Drone Racing– the kick drum alone makes it worth having a look at– Ceinture Haptique Woojer… or The Word Alive’s Quit While You’re Ahead, I adored listening to music in this way. It’s somewhere between being down the front at a gig and standing beside a bass bin in a bar, and if you’re a fan of music the Woojer Vest Edge brings it to life in such a way you can’t quickly duplicate. If you’re a fan of symphonic music or 60s pop there’s going to be less of a draw, but if your taste alters towards the much heavier end you’ll discover it tough to go back.
I followed up my musical jaunts with some film time. This was where I took my first venture into VR with the Vest Edge, and the established on Oculus Mission 2 was simple and speedy. Taking the 3.5 mm feed from the Oculus into the Vest Edge’s control system, you then connect your earphones in series before depositing them on your head. I worried that there ‘d be a lot of loose cables, but with some placing under and around the Vest Edge there was never anything in the method, and nor did it limit my movement.
If you’ve checked out apps like Prime Video VR or Bigscreen you’ll understand that they put you in a virtual cinema, and viewing blockbusters in VR can be quite special. Adding in the Vest Edge pointers things strongly into ‘almost as great as the real thing’.
I went with Spider-Man Homecoming as my first port of call, and things began reasonably controlled. I don’t believe I ‘d spent much time thinking of how filmmakers fine-tune the sound mix to draw the audience in, but the lack of radio frequencies in the opening was hammered home once they appeared, adding major depth to both the superhero and the soundtrack action. I liked this; it’s definitely like having your own cinema, and given that I ‘d matched the Vest Edge with Razer’s haptic-toting Nari Ultimate I was experiencing every blow, every blast, just like you would in a fully equipped movie theatre. No, wait. It’s much better than that