December 9, 2016
Just in time for Christmas, Facebook-owned Oculus is debuting its Touch controllers.
Available both online and in stores, Touch gives you the sensation of your virtual hands being your own physical hands.
“Touch lets you bring your hands into VR for the most immersive experience possible,” reads a Facebook blog post. “You can gesture intuitively and manipulate digital objects with precision — making your VR experiences more seamless and comfortable for a deeper sense of presence.”
Each controller has a traditional analog thumbstick, two buttons, an analog trigger and an input mechanism called the ‘hand trigger.’ Precise tracking combined with an ergonomic handle design bring hand poses and social gestures into your virtual world. A diagonal grip lets your thumb and index finger move autonomously, helping to eliminate accidental triggers.
Touch retails for $199 in the U.S. or for $798 when paired with the Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset needed for Touch to work. In Canada, the price rises to $279 or $1,128 for both the Rift and Touch.
Oculus is offering a chance to try Touch out, as well. Demonstrations are available at more than 500 retailers in the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, and the U.K. Participating stores can be found here. You can schedule an appointment for a demo via the link.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.