bHaptics TactSuit X40 Review

bHaptics TactSuit X40 Review

Published: 15-12-2023
Updated: 18-12-2023

The bHaptics tactsuit X40 is a revolutionary haptic feedback vest designed to enhance the immersive experience of virtual reality gaming. With a total of 40 haptic feedback points, the tactsuit X40 provides users with realistic tactile sensations that correspond to in-game events, making for a truly immersive and engaging experience. In this review, we’ll take a closer look at the design, features, and performance of the TactSuit X40 to see if it delivers on its promise of enhancing the VR gaming experience.

In this article:

Pros and cons of the bHaptics X40

Pros

Cons

40 ERM motors

Significantly more expensive than Tactsuit X16

18 hours battery life

Quite heavy

Great build quality

Specifications

The bHaptics Tactsuit X40 has the following specifications:

  • ERMs: 40 ERMs, 20 frontside and 20 backside 
  • Weight: 1.7kg
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE), 3.5mm audio jack
  • Size: one size fits all, 63.5 – 127cm
  • Length: Adjustable with shoulder snap buttons; Closed: 57cm, Opened: 61cm
  • Battery life: 18 hours
  • Charging: USB-C charging
  • Charge time: 5hrs

What is in the box

The bHaptics Tactsuit X40 comes in a sleek black box. All the items are packaged in an orderly manner, with logic in mind. 

The following items can be found in the box:

  • bHaptics Tactsuit X40
  • Bluetooth dongle
  • User Manual
  • USB-A to USB-C cable

Design and comfort

The bHaptics Tactsuit X40 has a sleek and modern design that’s both stylish and functional. The vest is made from high-quality, breathable materials that are both lightweight and durable, providing maximum comfort for extended gaming sessions. The vest is very breathable on the sides but can get warm on the front and back. The vest’s adjustable straps allow for a custom fit, accommodating a wide range of body sizes and shapes.

The X40 features a total of 40 haptic feedback points strategically placed throughout the vest to provide users with realistic tactile sensations. These haptic feedback points are powered by advanced haptic motors that deliver precise and powerful vibrations, ensuring that every action in the game is felt by the user.

With a massive built-in battery that provides up to 18 hours of use on a single charge, the X40 is the perfect choice for extended gaming sessions. The battery is easily rechargeable via USB-C, making it fast and convenient.

Overall, the bHaptics Tactsuit X40 is a well-designed and comfortable haptic feedback vest that delivers a truly immersive gaming experience. Whether you’re a casual or hardcore gamer, the X40 is sure to enhance your VR gaming experience with its precise haptic feedback and comfortable design.

Ease of use

The bHaptics Tactsuit X40 is an incredibly user-friendly haptic feedback vest that’s easy to set up and use. The vest comes with simple instructions that guide users through the process of setting up and connecting the vest to your gaming PC or Quest via Bluetooth.

Once the vest is connected, users can easily customize the haptic feedback settings to fit their preferences using the bHaptics Player, the software that runs the vest. This software is easy to navigate, and users can quickly adjust the intensity of the haptic feedback to suit their needs.

Overall, the bHaptics Tactsuit X40 is a highly user-friendly haptic feedback vest that’s easy to set up and use. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced gamer, the X40’s intuitive controls and simple setup process make it a breeze to use and enjoy.

Power and performance

The bHaptics Tactsuit X40 features 40 strong haptic feedback motors. 20 ERMs (Eccentric Rotating Mass vibration motor) are located on the front and 20 more on the back. Each of these motors can vibrate individually, allowing developers to create different shapes and patterns that correspond to in-game events. This level of precision adds an extra layer of immersion and realism to the gaming experience.

With the bHaptics Player you are able to change the strength of these vibrations from 0 all the way up to 400%. This is comparable to a controller rumble all the way up to your chest being shaken intensely. Because there are plenty of ERMs, it is quite easy to locate where an in-game event triggered the vest. This is especially helpful when playing VR shooters. 

The vest also has the ability to enhance the music-listening experience which gives it an extra kick. However, we did notice some delay when using the vest with music, but when playing games, there was virtually no delay at all.

Battery

As previously mentioned, the bHaptics Tactsuit X40 boasts an impressive battery life of up to 18 hours. This extended battery life is made possible by the vest’s massive 9800 mAh integrated Li-ion rechargeable battery, ensuring that the vest can last through multiple gaming sessions without needing to be recharged.

The battery can be easily charged via a USB-C port located at the upper back of the vest, using the included USB-A to USB-C cable. It takes approximately 5 hours to fully charge the vest, providing users with a quick and convenient charging solution.

Operating system

bHaptics Player allows users to adjust the intensity and audio frequency of the haptic feedback, as well as choose from a range of pre-built feedback profiles. It displays all games that are compatible with the bHaptics Tactsuit X40 natively or with mods with integrated links to the mod pages.

The X40 is designed with intuitive controls that make it easy to adjust the haptic feedback settings while gaming. The bHaptics Player is accessible on the desktop and can be easily tweaked while in VR, eliminating the need to restart the application and allowing for a seamless and uninterrupted gaming experience.

Streaming

The bHaptics Tactsuit X40 can be easily connected to your phone, gaming PC or Quest via Bluetooth. To use the vest, you’ll need to install bHaptics Player for mobile, Meta Quest or PC. This application allows you to connect the vest to your device and customize it to your liking, ensuring that you can enjoy a fully personalized haptic feedback experience.

While the main focus of the vest is gaming, it is also capable of enhancing the music listening experience. However, as previously mentioned, there is still some work to be done in this area, as there is some latency when streaming music to the vest. Nonetheless, the latency is not too distracting, and the vest still provides a unique and immersive way to experience music.

Price

The bHaptics Tactsuit X40 comes with a pretty steep price tag of around €600. However, given the quality of the materials used, the impressive battery life and the comfortable design, the vest offers a lot of value for the money. Currently, there is no other competitor available on the market that can match the X40’s features and capabilities.

For those who find the price point to be too high, the Tactsuit X16 may be a more suitable option, priced at €400. The X16, as the name suggests, comes with 16 ERMs, meaning that you may sacrifice some accuracy and strength compared to the X40. Nonetheless, the X16 still provides a powerful and immersive haptic feedback experience that is sure to enhance your gaming experience.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the bHaptics Tactsuit X40 is a powerful and immersive haptic feedback vest that’s designed to take your gaming experience to the next level. With its intuitive software, simple setup process, and powerful haptic motors, the X40 delivers an immersive and engaging gaming experience that’s unlike anything else on the market. For hardcore gamers, the Tactsuit X40 is a must-have accessory that’s sure to enhance your gaming experience and provide you with an unparalleled level of immersion and engagement.