Oculus Rift and lightcycle sim puts you on Tron's neon Grid for real

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Jun 30, 2014, 5:27 PM EDT

Do you know how you can tell the difference between regular fans and serious Tron fans? Easy. The regular ones will buy a Tron T-shirt and call it a day, but the crazy fans (the ones who regard it like a religion), they go and build stuff like this lightcycle simulator that virtually puts you in the middle of lightcycle battles.

Back in the day, if you wanted video game immersion, you went down to the local arcade, hopped on one of those arcade racing games where you sat on a replica motorcycle, and shifted from side to side while staring at a TV screen. Developed by "The Arcade Man," the RiftCycle game is similar to those old arcade racing sims in that you sit on a simulator. The only difference is that instead of looking at TV screen, you wear an Oculus Rift headset which lets you look around in all directions.

With the Rift strapped on, you can "experience the feeling of being inside the Tron world and enjoy a immersive virtual reality light cycle battle, fighting in an arena with their bikes until 'deresolution'." We've seen and played our fair share of Tron video games before and we have to say, based on the video footage (see video below), this looks pretty badass.

There aren't a whole lot of technical details on The Arcade Man's RiftCycles simulator, but if you want to take a look at the building process and how it was created on paper, prototyped in cardboard and then built in full-scale, you can head over to his website below.

Via The Arcade Man

(Thanks Jamie!)