I’ve always dreamt that one day, this is how all first-person shooters would be played. It’s the closest we’ll ever get to the real thing, without actually having to suffer the pain of a real bullet wound. Forget the Kinect and the PlayStation Move — this awesome Battlefield 3 simulator is by far the most realistic way to play a first-person shooter we’ve ever seen.
As you can see from the video above, this “one of a kind” simulator is set inside a 360° dome where “gaming turns real.” It’s filled with a bunch of high-tech kit that allows the player to take on the role of their character unlike ever before.
An omni-directional treadmill built into the floor means that when a player walks, runs, turns, or crouches, their character follows on screen; and when they fire their weapon, they take down the enemies they see on the display in front of them. However, when those enemies fire back, the player is hit by paintballs that simulate real gunfire, so this isn’t isn’t the entirely painless experience you get from playing on the couch.
The simulator is made up of a wireless weapon, an omni-directional treadmill, motion tracking technology, surround sound, paintball guns, ambient lighting, five HD projectors, and, of course, a copy of the Battlefield 3 game.
The video was put together by British TV show The Gadget Show, and those in the U.K. can see more of the simulator in action on October 24 at 8PM on Channel 5. You really do have to see the simulator in action to understand how awesome it is, so be sure to check out the clip above.
Would you like to play in the Battlefield 3 simulator?