$650,000 first person shooter simulator built

How much money would you spend in order to make sure you could have the best first person shooter gaming experience possible? How about $650,000? That's what it took to combine a number of elements to make a simulator that was used to play a pre-release version of Electronic Arts' upcoming game Battlefield 3.

The final result will be shown on Monday night on the UK TV show The Gadget Show. You can check out a teaser trailer for the episode in the above video.

In what has to be one of the greatest decisions ever in terms of spending someone else's money, the show's creators brought together several different companies to create the Battlefield 3 simulator. Igloo Vision provided the "monitor"; a 360 degree dome that's over 13 feet high and close to 30 feet wide.

A Swedish company called MSE Weibull created an portable omni-directional treadmill that was modified to let the player move the game's character using his body as a controller. It also involved a Kinect hack, 10 infra-red motion tracking cameras, and 12 paintball markers which allowed the player to actually feel being shot by the game's character.

Is this set up over the top? Of course it is. It is just about the coolest thing we have ever heard of? Pretty close. We can imagine some super rich celebrity or businessman getting this kind of stimulator built in his house in the Hamptons. If we had some money we might be tempted to duplicate this ourselves. We can't wait to see the full program on Monday.

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I wonder how soon I'd get tired of walking, aiming, and shooting )) I'd probably be exhausted after a couple of miles haha

That was a really ANNOYING promo. How many times can one loser repeat "it's so real" when he's actually looking at all sorts of immersion-breaking things all around him?

excalpius said,
That was a really ANNOYING promo. How many times can one loser repeat "it's so real" when he's actually looking at all sorts of immersion-breaking things all around him?

I'm pretty sure that he'd be more immersed in the game than you. Since he's the one that can hear and feel everything, and you're just watching from above.

I wasn't impressed at all...game puts you on treadmill, really LOL, Is this a joke? than after 1 hour of playing i'll feel like i was exercising, but after 4 hours like.. i don't know. No, thanks.

jackkk1 said,
I wasn't impressed at all...game puts you on treadmill, really LOL, Is this a joke? than after 1 hour of playing i'll feel like i was exercising, but after 4 hours like.. i don't know. No, thanks.

after 1 hour of being hit with paintballs you would REALLY feel like you were exercising
4 hours? lol i'd love to see someone stand up to that

carmatic said,

after 1 hour of being hit with paintballs you would REALLY feel like you were exercising
4 hours? lol i'd love to see someone stand up to that

I missed paintball thing in the article, with that it's even worse, really who gonna want to own something like that for serious playing other than for bragging to friends and playing maximum 30min?

lame, if I'm gonna get hit with paintballs I'd rather go play paintball and shoot at something thats real.

I've had dreams and ideas about building such a thing, exactly like that. How exciting that now it has actually been done. Now need to commercialise it and bring it to amusement parks.

Next step the monitors will be condensed into super high resolution VR glasses

Then the step after is full VR tapped directly into you brain!

My whole Set-up costs 1850-1950€ and that includes Monitor, Speakers 5.1 Z-5500, Sound Card X-Fi Fatal1ty & King-sized chair ( comfort>simulator ).

With 1000-1200€ more, I could have my dreaming set-up... Now, If I had his budget, well... I don't know but I'm certain, I wouldn't create something like his project... Not even close. I'd prefer a perfect personal-cinema room or something, adjusted for gaming mostly ( still much cheaper ).

PC EliTiST said,
My whole Set-up costs 1850-1950€ and that includes Monitor, Speakers 5.1 Z-5500, Sound Card X-Fi Fatal1ty & King-sized chair ( comfort>simulator ).

With 1000-1200€ more, I could have my dreaming set-up... Now, If I had his budget, well... I don't know but I'm certain, I wouldn't create something like his project... Not even close. I'd prefer a perfect personal-cinema room or something, adjusted for gaming mostly ( still much cheaper ).

Thats why your setup would never make the news, same old crap.

Osiris said,

Thats why your setup would never make the news, same old crap.

+1 I like how he brags about having a Creative Fatal1ty sound card. lol.

so neowin again is so late to the party... this this story broke around the 16th or 17th... making neowin the last site on the net in technology to report this now tired story.

Clap... Clap

Demand better form yourselves neowin.

reap3r said,
so neowin again is so late to the party... this this story broke around the 16th or 17th... making neowin the last site on the net in technology to report this now tired story.

Clap... Clap

Demand better form yourselves neowin.

maybe you should launch your own tech news site since you seem to be on top of things.

reap3r said,
so neowin again is so late to the party... this this story broke around the 16th or 17th... making neowin the last site on the net in technology to report this now tired story.

I just found out about this.
Clap... Clap

Demand better form yourselves neowin.

reap3r said,
so neowin again is so late to the party... this this story broke around the 16th or 17th... making neowin the last site on the net in technology to report this now tired story.

Clap... Clap

Demand better form yourselves neowin.

Well I actually have a social life where I go outside and be with people instead of sitting at my computer all day reading tech sites. I didn't read about this story anywhere else and was happy to hear about it here. It's not like they announced the death of Steve Jobs a week late or something. I'm pretty sure this "story" can handle not making the breaking news category.

kainashi said,
maybe you should launch your own tech news site since you seem to be on top of things.

Or maybe he could have posted the item himself if he knew about it already from another site...

KSib said,
More interesting? Nah.

Of course, it's a whole different world doing it for real instead of in games. Applying many tactics from gaming with real skills can be really good.

Digitalx said,
Would be too easy... putting gamers out in real boot camp and combat exercise is more interesting.
Doing just that in 48 hours.

Gaffney said,
Billionaire dies playing Battlefield 3, turns out he was a noob and was constantly hit by paintballs for 36 hours.

LOL

I used to watch The Gadget Show until I got fed up with them constantly banging on about Apple and how "great" they are... Yea their products are OK, but seriously?!

On topic, looks fantastic! I would love to give it a go

djdanster said,
I used to watch The Gadget Show until I got fed up with them constantly banging on about Apple and how "great" they are... Yea their products are OK, but seriously?!

On topic, looks fantastic! I would love to give it a go


You've missed a lot of great episodes in that case. Plus the new chick is smokin'

Nagisan said,
If this were the norm for gaming, I would get a lot more exercise than I do currently.

No risk of DVT from that for sure