Oculus Touch Is The Future Of Gaming Controllers
If you follow technology trends then you’ve undoubtedly heard of Oculus Rift. The virtual reality company (which is now owned by Facebook) very literally kickstarted the entire VR trend which has led to me-too products like Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR. While the sexiest parts of the virtual reality experience have been endlessly covered and discussed on this site and others, no one is really talking about the controllers that will be used to move your virtual character around and allow you to truly explore an ultra-realistic 3D world. No one except for Oculus itself that is. Instead of creating a device that’s just another Xbox 360 controller rip-off, Oculus has opted to go back to the drawing board and come up with a product that melds the best of motion controllers with the best of traditional controllers — the result being the Oculus Touch. At first glance, the Touch looks much like 2006’s Wii Remote and Nunchuck — except that each controller is a mirror image of the other and there’s no cable between them. Oculus Touch is also much more accurate at detecting movement thanks to the built-in infrared LEDs that communicate directly with the same infrared camera which tracks your head movement on the Rift. Oculus Touch will be released sometime in Q3 2016. No word on pricing just yet, but we expect to hear a whole lot more on that front as the year progresses.