3dRudder Review: A VR-Compatible Game Controller for the Feet

I'm glad I didn't rush my review of the 3dRudder ($99) in January after CES 2018, as 3dRudder subsequently dropped the price from $179 to $99. At this new price, this game controller for feet is a lot more palatable and worth giving it a try. You still need to spend on other Virtual Reality equipment, and possibly games, but once you do, you will have a whole new way to interact with VR games. Instead of waving your arms around (or perhaps in addition to that) you can sit down and use your feet to control action.

Related: Virtual Reality Apps: See Your Everyday World in a Whole New Way

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Foot control opens up a whole new way to interact with VR, either independently, or as a supplement to a handheld controller. The real breakthrough could be for those with disabilities. The 3dRudder is compatible with Microsoft Adaptive Controller which enhances accessibility for many individuals who might not be able to use VR otherwise.

Pros

  • Control games with your feet!
  • Support from VR developers
  • Compatible with Microsoft Adaptive Controller for Accessibility 
  • Reasonably priced, after $80 price drop

Cons

  • Needs support from major platforms and even VR equipmentand console makers

Final Verdict

The 3dRudder already has some support from VR developers and they offer developer kits to try to encourage more developers to support the 3dRudder. How well they do in that area could make the difference. It might be nice to see a branded version, from Microsoft or Sony for example, to really build the support. 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.