How the World’s Most Amazing (and Painful) Video Game Setup was Built

Last week, we showed you an amazing PC gaming setup that involved five HD projectors, an omni-directional treadmill, wireless gun peripheral, ambient lighting and paintball gun. Some people cried "it's a marketing stunt!". Others cried "it's not real!".


Those claiming the former, well, the prominent Battlefield 3 placement makes that a 50/50 call. Those claiming the latter, though, eat your words, because this clip shows how the thing was built, and goes into greater detail explaining how it actually works.


You'll also, if this is your thing, get extended views at a British man howling in pain as he's peppered with paintballs while his motion control system breaks down.

Ultimate Battlefield 3 Simulator - Build & Test (Full Video) - The Gadget Show [YouTube]

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Put the image in goggles/glasses instead of a projection as someone else said and it would be even better.

The only other thing I wonder about is the treadmill. It's impressive but how well does movement on that translate to the game? It looks like, because of that central non-moving bit, that there'd be sort of a delay whenever you move. Like you'd have to go a step or two before you get on the rollers and so it would take that amount of time before it picks up that you're trying to move.

Or do the cameras he talked about detect your movement when you aren't yet on the rollers?

I don't know, I'm sure it wouldn't take much to get it working perfectly if it isn't already. I think an array of ball bearings would be a better solution though