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Oculus Touch, Half Moon Oculus Controller Prototype Detailed


The excitement isn't over at the pre-E3 Oculus press conference. In addition to the final version of the Oculus Rift being released, they also showed off their own prototype VR controller, the Oculus Touch.

Oculus Touch has haptic feedback, gesture support, constellation motion tracking, buttons in natural places and enables you to interact with 3D objects in a virtual environment.

Oculus is excited about the inclusion of the Xbox One controller, though they want to stress that they're also looking or innovative ways to interact with VR that are beyond what traditional controllers allow for. To that end they have the Oculus Touch, a 3D controller that will truly enable you to interact with VR in a more natural way.

The Oculus Touch uses the same constellation motion tracking technology in the Rift, so your hand movements can translate into the game. There are also two buttons a naturally placed trigger and a thumbstick. From the prototype it looks to be simple yet comfortable. It's naturally laid out.

The constellation motion tracking technology can also interpret a variety of finger poses as well. So pointing, waving and a host of other simple hand and finger gestures that we naturally do with games, even without motion tracking, can become usable input in games.

They're committed to providing the best VR experience possible, which means research into better ways to interact. This device isn't quite read for prime time, though it'll be available to look at and play with at E3 next week.