The Yaw2 Virtual Reality Motion Simulator Blows Past Its Kickstarter Goal
By Simon Batt
The Yaw2 promises a new era of VR gaming, and everyone is already on board.
VR headsets are a lot of fun, but is it possible for an experience to get even more immersive? The developers behind the Yaw2 smart chair certainly think so, and its recent Kickstarter fundraiser has blown past its original goal.
What Is the Yaw2?
The Yaw2 is, as you might expect, the successor to the Yaw gaming chair. The original Yaw also went through the trials and tribulations of Kickstarter fundraising and came out the other end with its goal met.
Now, the company Yaw VR is giving the platform another try for its new project, the Yaw2. Well, we say "try," but the truth is... it's already funded. And way past its goal, too.
You can check out all the details on the official Yaw2 Kickstarter page. The chair has a motion range of 40 degrees and can pitch up to 70 degrees. If you add the Yaw Platform to the chair, you'll also get full 360-degree rotation, too.
As you might expect from a project like this, it's perfect for adding immersion to games. You can use it either with a VR headset or with a screen, and the chair features vibration to make it feel like you're really there.
However, the Yaw2 also has an additional, perhaps not-so-obvious benefit. People often complain about motion sickness when using VR, because their eyes declare that movement in VR is happening in real-time, while the body is perfectly still.
Related: How to Stop Getting Motion Sickness Playing Video Games
VR headsets and game developers have tweaked how players play games in VR to reduce nausea, from changing the framerate to darkening the borders of the player's vision when they move. However, what if the player actually moves along with the motion in-game?
This is where the Yaw2 comes in. Because it can move the player alongside what they do in the game, it can hopefully tackle the big issue of feeling sick while in VR.
If this sounds like something you're interested in, you can currently pledge $1,090 for a Yaw2 motion simulator. It's worth noting that the chair and platform aren't included in the base pledge; you'll need to pay an extra $100 and $380 respectively for those.
You can also pay less for some Yaw2 shirts and hoodies, but you need not feel pressured to pledge to get the project off of the ground. At the time of writing, the project had $700,000+ pledged with 44 days to go, over seven times its original $100,000 goal.
Bringing More of Virtual Reality Into Reality
If a VR headset is not enough for your immersion, why not give the Yaw2 a shot? It's already funded and ready to go, but you can still get yours by pledging $1,090 for the base equipment.
This isn't the first time we've seen an accessory that tries to replicate VR movements in real life. We recently reviewed the 3DRudder, a VR controller that uses your feet to move around.
3DRudder Review: Can This Foot Controller Solve the Problem of VR Motion Sickness?
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Following the original Yaw motion simulator chair in 2018, which garnered Yaw VR over $200,000 on Kickstarter funding, Yaw VR returned to the crowdfunding platform to bring Yaw2 to life, a less compact, but decidedly more advanced motion simulator chair. The startup’s latest campaign is now over, and it’s garnered over $2.7 million backers eagerly awaiting the consumer-focused motion chair.
Update (June 8th, 2021): In the week since we last reported, Yaw2 has seen a substantial surge in backers, bringing its overall funds to over $2.7 million. Surprisingly, over $200,000 was pledged in the last few hours of that campaign, or around the total amount attracted in the entirety of its 2018 campaign.
Yaw VR has yet to announce direct pre-orders, which will be available at some point via its website.
Update (June 1st, 2021): Yaw2 just got over the $2 million mark today, which unlocks the campaign’s highest-projected stretch goal. Now, backers will get side support rails with their Yaw2 chairs, which will allow users to mount handbrakes, gear shifters or other accessories.
Two weeks ago the project was at $1.5 million, so there’s no telling how much higher it can go in the remaining time. The campaign comes to an official close on June 7th, so we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for further stretch goals.
Original Article (May 5th, 2021): Yaw2 is being billed as a ‘consumer-grade’ motion simulator, and that isn’t such a big stretch on the lower end of the cheapest remaining funding tier, which costs $1,090. That tier doesn’t include the actual chair bit, or modular ‘yaw platform’ which lets you swivel 360 degrees though. Still, the hardware platform seems to have struck a chord with simulator diehards, prosumers and arcades alike when it launched late last month on Kickstarter. At that time, that model was offered as cheap as $790.
Now Yaw2 has already exploded past the initial funding goal of $100,000, having broken the $1 million mark in the first week since its April 23rd launch. It’s not showing any signs of stopping either. Yaw2 has garnered nearly $1,150,000 with a little over a month left to go before the campaign’s close.
In comparison to the original 2018 version, which features 3DOF motion and a pretty compact seat that fits snuggly inside a spherical dome, Yaw2 seems to be a much more conventional motion platform thanks to its larger footprint, adjustable desk, and ability to integrate your own chair.
If you want the most basic version of Yaw2 with 3DOF movement, which includes a modular ‘yaw platform’ for 360-degree swiveling, you’ll need to pony up $1,470, which decidedly puts it right on the edge of the consumer category. That too doesn’t come with the seat portion itself, which you can either add yourself, or buy direct from Yaw VR for an additional $75 – $100 depending on how quick you are with your wallet.
The company says Yaw2 is compatible with all major VR headsets, including Oculus Quest, PSVR, and SteamVR-compatible headsets. Although many game engines offer motion simulator support, the game itself should have support baked in. Yaw VR is boasting many games with native motion simulator support, some of which include Elite Dangerous, Dirt Rally 2.0, Project Cars 2, MS Flight Simulator, and Fly Inside to name a few.
All versions are slated to ship in September 2021, which also includes both pro and arcade versions with higher wattage output and stronger motors. Check out the Yaw2 Kickstarter for the full technical specs.
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Yesterday saw the conclusion of the Yaw2 Motion Simulator Kickstarter and it has been a huge success. Launched in April, over the course of 45 days Yaw VR has managed to raise a staggering $2.7 million USD from 1282 backers, quite the feat considering the base model cost a grand and it’s not exactly a small device.
Building upon its more unusual looking 2018 model which was showcased at CES that year and featured a design akin to sitting in a giant green bowl, the new Yaw2 is certainly a lot sleeker than its forebear. New looks also mean new features with the Yaw2 a bit more of a complex beast as it comes in several variations. The base model provides a 40° motion range for roll and 70° for pitch movements and doesn’t come supplied with the actual chair. Customers can then add the Yaw Platform module to provide full 360° rotation as well as opting for a chair from Yaw VR if they so wish.
The lack of an actual chair is for a number of reasons including cost, delivery and the assumption that most gamers buying a piece of hardware like the Yaw2 will probably have a decent chair to attach to it. In that regard, all you’d need to do is check the underside of the chair is flat for attachment purposes.
As you’d expect, to get to that whopping total from that many backers the Yaw2 isn’t exactly wallet-friendly but you are buying a full-motion simulator after all. The base 2DoF Yaw2 model is going for $1090 without a seat, whilst the full 360° experience will set you back $1470 (sans seat). Or for those really serious about gaming simulator in or outside of VR then there’s always the Yaw2 Pro. This beast adds more powerful motors, a smart plug to attach fans and other accessories, casters for mobility and a USB hub. How much you ask? The 2DoF Yaw2 Pro costs $1490 and the 360°model will set you back $2020 (again both without seats).
And due to the success of the Kickstarter Yaw VR has managed to hit all of its stretch goals. That means customers have a choice of colours to choose from as well as a range of cool new features. There will be a wristband kill switch if it all gets a bit too much, a gyro balancing cup holder to keep those beverages in place and a 4-point harness system for maximum safety.
The original Yaw is still on sale but if you fancy the Yaw2 and didn’t back the Kickstarter it’ll be available to pre-order via the Yaw VR website soon. The Yaw2 is currently expected to begin shipping in September 2021. For further updates, keep reading VRFocus.
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