Oculus VR Delays Oculus Touch to Second Half of 2016

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If we were anticipating to entirely douse yourself in practical existence this year, fluttering your hands around in a atmosphere to control whatever it is you’re staring during in your giant, VR headset, we have a bit of bad news for you. The palm controllers that would have authorised we to do only that with a Oculus Rift are being delayed. The Oculus Touch, as it’s known, won’t boat until a second half of 2016—a bit of a ways divided from from a Oculus Rift’s approaching first-quarter shipping date.

According to Oculus VR, a association will open pre-orders for a Oculus Touch a few months before a central launch, whatever that ends adult being.

“On Touch hardware, we’ve done poignant advances in ergonomics, and we’re implementing many changes that make Touch even some-more comfortable, reliable, and natural. We’re also implementing changes that urge palm poise recognition,” reads Oculus’ blog post.

“We’re also outputting incomparable numbers of pre-production runs, that means we can get a lot some-more Touch hardware in a hands of developers who need it.”

Oculus VR is also formulation to showcase a lot of “ground-breaking new content” during a Sep developer conference, Oculus Connect 2. That includes new interactive elements that will work with a Oculus Touch (which will have hopefully shipped by then, if not shortly after).

“The feedback on Touch has been impossibly positive, and we know this new timeline will furnish an even improved product, one that will set a bar for VR input. We conclude your calm and guarantee Touch will be value a wait,” reads Oculus’ blog.

As for a Oculus Rift, CEO and owner Palmer Luckey recently announced that preorders for a headset would start “soon after new year,” and that Oculus VR would give plenty warning before they do start, only in box there’s a insane rush for practical existence headsets. Though we don’t nonetheless know a pricing on a consumer chronicle of a Rift, Luckey says it will be flattering low given what’s in a device. (Don’t design it to sell for underneath $350, though.)

“Rift will be sole insanely inexpensive deliberation complexity – mixed high finish OLED monitors+motion tracking+fancy mechanicals in one device,” he tweeted.

“I am unequivocally blissful we can optimize decisions for a prolonged tenure with Facebook resources instead of evident distinction to keep a lights on.”

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