A lot of games available for VR require the user to be standing in order to play properly. Some titles ask that the user move their entire body, which isn’t possible for a player in a wheelchair or who may have limited mobility in their arms.
The WalkinVR driver for SteamVR, developed by Grzegorz Bednarski, aims to offer a solution by giving players the option to use VR while confined to a wheelchair or a bed – a significant development for accessibility in VR games and other VR experiences.
The software, currently in beta, works by allowing the player to use controllers to rotate and traverse in a virtual space, and also facilitates virtual walking, bending, and jumping. A future update intends to make VR accessible for people with use of only one hand.
The new driver has been shown to help users with limited mobility play games like Job Simulator, which has the players reaching for objects and turning in a virtual space.
While the driver is SteamVR-based it works with major headsets and controllers including HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation Move.
The driver is currently available in beta, with a following release slated to launch by the end of June.
Be sure to check out how the locomotion driver works over on Walkindriver.