We saw a lot of new stuff on the keynote stage at Oculus Connect 3, but by far the most important news to come out of the event was all about the Oculus Touch.
That’s right, we finally have some hard information about the highly-anticipated much-delayed touch controllers for the Oculus platform. How they work, what they do and of course, how much they’ll cost.
First up, the Oculus Touch controllers will cost $199, will be available for pre-order on October 10, and will reportedly ship on December 6. That’s not too bad, considering the Touch controllers come bundled with all sorts of goodies. All orders will come with an extra sensor, and pre-orders will come bundled with VR Sports Challenge, and the VR action-spell-slinging game The Unspoken.
If you’re particularly interested in room-scale experiences with the Oculus Rift (and Touch controllers), you’re going to need at least three sensors, which Oculus will be selling for $79 each, starting on December 6.
The Touch controllers can do some pretty impressive stuff, like mapping the location of your hands based on the placement (or absence) of your fingers on the controller. By using “constellation tracking” the Touch controllers will be able to accurately represent the placement and movement of your hands in a VR space.
They’re also doing some interesting things with haptic feedback. The Touch controllers can reportedly differentiate between different types of feedback. For instance, you’ll be able to feel the difference between a VR gun’s recoil, and a VR paddle hitting a ping-pong ball.
The future of the Rift
That’s not an exaggeration. We literally got a brief, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it peek at what could be a prototype for a new Rift headset.
The video was short, but not uninformative. The new Rift headset appears to be wireless, and features a new support structure across the top to keep the headset in place while you look around in VR.
There’s a lot of speculation about the headset. Truthfully, we know very little about it. Integrated processor hardware into the Rift would certainly be on-trend, though, as Intel and Qualcomm recently showed similar prototypes.