PocketStrafe App – Running In Place Equals Walking In VR

January 10, 2017 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

We’re seeing more and more VR (Virtual Reality) gadgets and VR content being pushed to the market. A number of companies have introduced their VR headsets and various other gadgets to benefit such handsets, while we’ve also seen quite a few games and other similar software being released in order to showcase VR capabilities. VR will continue on improving and it will definitely be interesting to see what happens in the next couple of years. Those of you who are interested in VR, and perhaps own a VR headset, well, you might be interested in an app we’re here to talk about, read on.

The app in question is called ‘PocketStrafe’, and it’s supposed to solve a problem of motion sickness in virtual reality. This app allows you to move around in a VR world by running in place. Sounds odd? Well, it may be a bit odd, but it beats moving with a controller and feels more natural. Now, the sheer fact that you’re moving, even by running in place, is expected to eliminate motion sickness, of course, or at least reduce it. The developer of this app also mentions that running in place is actually a form of exercise that runners are using, which is true. This application is compatible with the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and every other VR platform for Windows. PocketStrafe was tested on a number of games, but the developer wanted to emphasize some of them: Altspace VR, Vivecraft (Minecraft VR), Windlands, the Vanishing of Ethan Carter for VR, the Assembly, the Solus Project, Merviles, Fated, Obduction and DolphinVR, all of which are supposed to function perfectly with PocketStrafe.

You can adjust the sensitivity of this app, and also its smoothness. These two settings determine how hard and how fast you have to run in order to move in the game, so you can basically adjust the app to your needs. There are a number of input modes available as well, including the keyboard, joystick and a gamepad. If you download this app on two phones, and put one phone in your left pocket, and the other one in your right pocket, the experience will be even better, says the developer. Do keep in mind that this app is not free, though, you’ll have to pay around $6 in order to purchase it.