If there’s a more wonderful store in the world than Costco, we’re really not sure what it is. Everything you want, cheaply and in large quantities, is pretty much the dream of anybody who hates shopping, because you only have to go twice a week. But Costco has plenty of other things… like this home arcade game.
Race To The Finish
The VRX iMotion Custom Racing Simulator is not exactly the product we go to Costco for, but it’s one we’ll keep an eye out for in the future. Essentially, it’s like those ‘simulators’ you remember from the glory days of the arcade, except installed in your house, and really it’s more like an elaborate controller; it supports 40 racing games. It costs $35,000, it comes with free setup, and it’s arguably the greatest thing Costco has ever sold.
First of all, it sits on four actuators to properly simulate everything about driving on an actual race course, from experiencing the g-force in a turn to feeling your car rumble if you accidentally go off the road. If that weren’t enough, it’s also designed to precisely simulate the vibration you feel in an actual racer, even if the road is perfectly smooth. Three screens give you the full windshield experience.
Rumble and Roll
As we said, this is decidedly not cheap; you’ll pay $35,000 just to buy this thing, and you’ll need to be able to meet specific criteria to have it installed in your house. Furthermore, the whole thing is custom-built for you, so you won’t be able to pull one of these off a shelf and just install it. But if you have thirty grand or so lying around the house, and a desperate desire to feel the speed of racing games, boy do we ever have a controller for you.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.