After a long, long wait, Oculus VR finally launched the Touch controllers for its Oculus Rift headset. If you’re not sure what the fuss is all about, we’ve put together all the details surrounding what you need to use the peripherals, what they can do, where to get them, and what games support them at launch and shortly thereafter.
What does the Touch do and how much is it?
The Touch controller allows Oculus Rift owners to interact with the virtual environment more naturally than a game controller. Each controller is wireless and uniquely shaped to fit within the hand like a strange, futuristic gun. There are several buttons and a thumbstick on the flat portion and the handle provides a trigger and a thumb button. Pew pew.
The Touch controller ships in pairs, so you don’t have to worry about having to purchase individual units. The controllers come packed with a sensor that is used to track their motions in real space. If customers want a room-scale experience, they can purchase a stand-alone sensor for an extra $80 by clicking the “Add to Cart” button on the main page or by adding it to the shopping cart.
For customers just starting out on their VR adventure, Oculus VR offers an $800 bundle that includes the Oculus Rift headset ($600 on its own), two Oculus Touch controllers, and two sensors. However, for customers who already own the Rift headset (which ships with one sensor), the Touch controller pair and bundled sensor costs $200. With the extra stand-alone sensor thrown in (totaling three in the overall setup), beginners are looking at $880. All products can be purchased through the Oculus website and at participating online and offline retailers.
Where can the Touch controllers be tested before making a purchase?
There are more than 500 retailers in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom now offering demos featuring the Oculus Touch controllers. Oculus VR doesn’t provide a detailed list of locations but instead offers a search tool here to find a location near you. However, Best Buy and Microsoft’s brick-and-mortar stores seem to be the only physical locations so far serving up Oculus Touch demos in the United States.