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LeanGP raises €45k to develop motorcycle videogame simulator

Who needs wheels to ride a motorcycle?

Launched in February on Kickstarter, the LeanGP project has reached its €20,000 target – actually surpassing its goal by over €25,ooo – which means that the teams’ dream of developing an affordable, foldable motorcycle simulator for videogame consoles is one step closer.

Pitched on the crowdfunded site as finally being able to level the playing field against all those car gamers who’ve had pedals, rumble seats and wheels to plug into their systems for years, the LeanGP peripheral will be compatible with all major platforms – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC – and will bring motorcycle racing to life through VR headsets such as Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive and PlayStation VR.

The system also intends to have a compatible mobile app (for those without a VR headset) that can be used like a bike dashboard for portraying realistic data like speed and lap times – although that’ll only work with GPBikes on the PC.

Whilst successful, the campaign didn’t completely set the crowdfunding community on fire, with none of its stretch-goals (ranging from €250,000 to €2.5 million) being met.

If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t mind spending around €1,000 on a bike without wheels that still might not ever make it to production, then head on over to Kickstarter and take a look.

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