The video game industry continues to move towards immersive technologies and one of the leading directions is the transmission of tactile sensations. Aside from exclusive VR accessories, haptics is a relatively unexplored technology in personal electronics. But that’s about to change thanks to the combined efforts of D-Box and Cooler Master in the launch of Motion 1 – “The world’s first haptic gaming chair.”
Hoping to make haptics more than just a video game gimmick, the two companies have teamed up to create the future of home entertainment. Announced a few years ago by Cooler Master and debuted at CES 2023, the Motion 1 chair made its official debut at Computex this weekend.
The joint work of the two companies looks impressive. The chair is able to provide over 65,000 tactile effects such as movements, waves, vibrations and textures. All of these effects are combined to simulate what is happening on a game monitor. In addition, the Motion 1 is very ergonomic with its magnetic lumbar support and adjustable headrest. This keeps the user’s real body intact and unharmed even when their in-game avatar is atomized.
D-Box has historically made a name for itself around the world with cinema seats that allow total immersion in what is happening on screen. A feature of the D-Box chairs is their ability to vibrate and recline in different directions when watching a movie. The innovative technology is in use in 154 cinemas around the world, has achieved the status of a new world standard and has won the hearts of millions of people. D-Box works with many film studios worldwide: Warner Brothers, Walt Disney, Lionsgate, Universal, Sony Pictures, Relativity/Overture, Paramount, Focus, Summit, Open Road.
The Motion 1 gaming chair provides access to all D-Box movies, TV shows and games coded for compatibility with the chair’s tactile experience. There are also beta versions of the software called Adaptive Gaming and Adaptive Audio Modes. With these programs, the chair can be used with any movie or game, even if it hasn’t been previously coded with D-Box.
The chair is already available for pre-order on the Cooler Master website for $2229. Yes, the price is high, but at the end of the day, games are fun, and a chair that makes immersive gaming even more exciting looks extremely attractive and entertaining.
It should be noted that Razer has not yet had time to launch its version of a similar Enki Pro Hypersense chair, also developed in collaboration with D-Box.