Good news for Virtual-On fans! Japanese healthcare manufacturer Tanita announced that the crowdfunded twin sticks controller meant to work with the series will be sold to the public, after the first batch was made for backers of their campaign.
Tanita’s campaign began in 2018, where it deemed video gaming as a type of lifestyle healthcare and began a crowdfunding procedure for its first video game-related product—-the twin sticks controller. However, the first campaign failed, and the company relaunched the campaign in late 2018 with a smaller scope and finally succeeded. The controllers were released late in 2019 and are compatible with PS4 spinoff A Certain Magical Virtual-On, as well as the ports of the first three games that released on PS4 last year.
According to Tanita, the twin sticks controller will be sold at 55,000 yen, tax excluded (around $510 USD). The controller will be available for preorder beginning on April 24, 2020, until May 31, 2020 on Sanwa Electronics official online store here. As this time, the company is making the controllers to order and doesn’t need to reach a certain amount of orders to greenlight production. However, Tanita also warns that this will be the last chance to acquire the controllers, if you are interested.
The Tanita twin sticks controller will be available for preorder from April 24 to May 31, 2020.