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The Omni is the leading platform for multiplayer
VR at entertainment centers around the globe. Note: The consumer Omni listed on
this page is no longer available. Pricing on this page is not applicable to the
current commercial Omni.
The Omni is the leading platform for multiplayer VR at entertainment centers around the globe. Note: The consumer Omni listed on this page is no longer available. Pricing on this page is not applicable to the current commercial Omni.
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3,249 backers pledged $1,109,351 to help bring this project to life.
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    1. sutekiB on

      Hey Mark, your fellow backer and community manager here. As you rightly say, the team is working very hard, and prioritizing their duty to fulfill backer rewards. That doesn't mean they don't want to connect with backers - there are occasional meetups in which Jan and the team do this. I'm sure we'll hear more personal communication from Virtuix once their workload eases up. In the meantime, I look forward to everyone getting their Omni rewards, and seeing our community grow stronger. Keep the faith guys!

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      Mark Wilson on

      I was actually stating concern about boilerplate communication in lieu of a connection to backers. Not at all shipping times. It was a really long post. You're a busy dude and I wouldn't expect you to read and address each comment. I know how much you have and continue to put on the line for this. That's why I want this thing to succeed. But my point stands and this completely unrelated response strongly supports it. Thanks for writing back.

    3. Virtuix Creator on

      Hi Mark,

      Thank you for your post. As a company, we've come a long way. I started working on the Omni from a blank sheet of paper more than 4 years ago, way before VR was cool again. I left my corporate job and invested all my life savings in bringing the Omni to market. Now, 4 years later, we are a 31-people company, we are well funded, and we started shipping early Omni units that are well received by our early customers. I personally got great excitement from reading this review from one of our Pathfinders (https://www.reddit.com/r/oculus/comments/49nbih/a_full_month_with_the_virtuix_omni_my_review) , as it showed me that our hard work, and all the risks taken, have been worthwhile so far.

      I, more than anyone, would love to get all Omnis shipped to all our backers as soon as possible. However, we have one shot. If we ship out units that are low quality or have defects, our company is done. We have to do this right. I know it's frustrating, but I hope it will be worthwhile. I also hope that our backers remain excited about journey, as they've been able to follow up close, from the start, the growth and challenges of a hardware startup. I can only express my enormous appreciation for your patience and support thus far, and I hope your support continues as we work through shipping out our backlog. Thank you Mark, and please let me know if I can be of any other help.

      Best regards,
      Jan

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      Mark Wilson on

      For what it's worth.

      I'm always surprised at how many friends of mine bring up the Omni from time to time. Even not that heavy gamers. I'll have completely forgotten about it and they'll say 'hey what about that treadmill thing?'. As something very new and interesting, but certainly also as something that kind of narrows the gap between fitness, an interest of theirs, and gaming/technology. They're curious, certainly, as to whether or not it's kind of a gimmick, and if not, if it's worth having this large, heavy device in their home.

      As a backer, they expect some fringe level of enthusiasm. And a less reasonable expectation, but perhaps some insider info. A very caustic phrase when investing is involved. They want some feedback on the company itself, being a crowdfunding project in a see of shysters. They want kind of a grass roots perspective, not the kind of PR talk that we all know can be not at all indicative of the legitimacy/validity of a product.

      Now, I'm not pretending to be wildly or even moderately influential, nor am I making some kind of dumb threat with my feedback to the layman as leverage. But as someone who wants this to succeed, I'd be an idiot not to point out that the relationship with backers over the years has gone full prospectus. That might sound like kind of a cold thing to say.

      I bite my tongue in regards to speaking of the nature of any given timeline and the extent to which they're acknowledged. Lately I do my best to relay what anyone but Virtuix is saying, largely from people who try the Omni at events, which in fairness we do get links to in backer updates after the fact.

      I've kind of lost the steam to do this though. What do other backers say? Do they go full prospectus like the updates? Do they even focus on the positives? I'm certainly not detailing what I expect, or even want, as after the history of "ramping up" updates, I don't much care what these things have to say. But what do you want your non pathfinder, non NDA backers saying about this company and this product? Do you want them excited? What's best for locomotion devices in general in a sea of naysayers?

      I've never worked on raising millions in the tech game, only in real estate, so my perspective might be flawed. I handle clockwork updates to these partners and address their concerns. And hopefully all of these points are completely irrelevant in a short time when more units are in the hands of the public and the experience itself does the talking. I believe it will. Obviously you've had no trouble raising capital, and it can't be seen that you've had a tough time keeping it and using it extremely wisely. This is no insignificant length of time to float without significant operating income. But with options in this market, that for all we know are comparably imminent and perhaps viable, that question of 'what about the company' remains very relevant.

      My decision to abstain from the initial public seed round was deliberate as what I've largely seen over the past year is a small and somewhat dismissive side of this group. Comparatively, I once contacted customer support and they were the polar opposite of this- wonderful. The way ahead of their time hardware revisions also paint an awesome picture of things behind the scenes. Simon, who I met years ago, oozed enthusiasm and excitement. During all of these experiences I was just dying for this thing to ship and to tell everyone about this awesome world we're about to live in.

      I think it's nuts not to foster that. I'm not impatient, I don't think you owe me anything beyond a product eventually, I simply badly want this to succeed. Even with all the successful fundraising, there are significant hurdles out there. I'm not speaking to this particular update, but again the trend over the last year. I know the entire team is working extremely hard and I reserve any reactionary criticism. So I offer this perspective, as humbly as I can with somewhat of an emotional investment, in the hopes that everyone who looks at Virtuix and the Omni sees what I initially saw in this company.