Oculus unveiled a new set of dual controllers for the Oculus Rift. Called the Oculus Touch, these wireless joysticks are meant to accompany the Rift in creating a more immersive VR experience. Naturally, they will not be included in the base Oculus Rift kit and will have to be purchased separately.
The Oculus Touch is basically a free floating joystick with a trigger button and two face buttons. For extra user input, the Touch also has a pair of rings that encircle the user’s hand. Oculus claims that these rings will not allow the hands to be tracked in VR space, but also track gestures like waving and pointing.
Unfortunately, these are not shipped with the Oculus Rift; which itself will include a Microsoft Xbox One controller. Oculus claims that the Xbox One controller is the best way to experience VR gaming; although we’re sure it means that is only until the company can get the Oculus Touch into production. There is no word on precisely when these oddly shaped input devices will be made available, but Oculus says that it won’t be until the first half of 2016.
At the same time, Oculus has announced that the production model of the Oculus Rift will feature two displays instead of the current single panel it uses. These dual OLED displays will reduce the amount of motion blur and jutter that may occur during gaming, and can also be individually adjusted for different pupil distances.
[Source: Ars Technica]