Oculus Rift’s motion controllers to let you reach out and grab

The Oculus Rift debuted back in March without a crucial piece of the puzzle: dedicated motion controllers to let you reach out and grab.

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Those controllers, called Oculus Touch, were always meant to complete the equation. And now they’ll finally be available December 6 for $199. They’ll be available for preorders October 10.

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The Touch comes with a second Oculus camera sensor bar, which is necessary to set up to use the controls. The package also comes with two games: VR Sports and The Unspoken.

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Oculus Touch can work in “room scale” VR, which means a walk-around holodeck-like environment like the HTC Vive, but that will involve buying a third camera sensor for $79. Be ready to add one of those to your package if you care for VR walkabouts. Or, if you want to turn around and grab things behind you.

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Both Touch controls monitor movement in space, acting like virtual appendages in games and VR programs. Much like the controls or the PlayStation VR Transfer of the HTC Vive wands, they let your hands do things. But in addition they can work like a normal game controller, also.

As long as you have got an Oculus detector on each side they work remarkably well, although they should be facing one of the detectors to operate, so you can not catch block them with your body.

Feel feels almost like a normal game controller turned into gloves and divide in two. Each component has buttons and an analog stick. But the controls enroll them in VR and may also feel finger closeness, letting an user raise and lower fingers. For example, yes, you can point your finger, or give a thumbs up.

Oculus has many programs that take advantage of Touch controls, from virtual western shots to sculpting and painting applications.

The controls have for vibrating feedback haptics, also.

The Oculus Rift came with one small detector-camera that perched on table or a desk to monitor head motion. But another detector to recognize your hands from your head is needed by Touch. If you desire to socialize with things behind you, or walk around more than a few measures in VR and you will need a third detector. The third detector is sold individually, for an added $79.

The HTC Vive does it with only two, and they just have to be plugged into a power outlet. Each Oculus detector should be plugged into an USB port on a PC.

So clearly, these Touch controls make a lot more sense than a gamepad. Even just having the ability to see your hands is a huge step forward in concentration, one that makes the virtual universes feel a lot more actual.

It wouldn’t be a reach to believe that lots of future Oculus games will support, perhaps even need these controls. (It does not damage that the competing PlayStation VR and HTC Vive have movement controls that let you catch matters, also.)

But in the short term, what can you really expect to reach out and catch in VR? Plenty, it turns out. Take a look at our feelings of games and the greatest Oculus Touch programs.