Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Oculus Touch Delayed; Rift Pre-orders open on January 6

a guy playing with oculus rift's virtual reality technology

“naplesVirtual reality is just beyond the horizon, but it seems that some accessories are being made to wait a little while longer. Oculus Touch, Oculus Rift’s motion-sensing controller, will no longer be released in Q1, instead it is projected to be launched in late 2016.

An update to the Oculus blog announced the delay stating that the team needed additional time for development.

“On Touch hardware, we’ve made significant advances in ergonomics, and we’re implementing many changes that make Touch even more comfortable, reliable, and natural,” the update said. “We’re also implementing changes that improve hand pose recognition.”

The team also has hopes to release the Touch controller to more developers before release.

But just because the controller is seeing a delay, doesn’t mean that the headset is. Oculus’ team has confirmed that the Oculus Rift is on schedule for release in Q1, and nearing the beginning of its pre-order debut on January 6.

Pre-orders will begin at 11 a.m. EST, and will be coming bundled with “Lucky’s Tale” and “CCP’s EVE: Valkyrie.” Pricing has not yet been confirmed, but the full PC setup is estimated to be around $1500.

Additionally, Rift creator Palmer Luckey will be holding a Reddit AMA Wednesday evening at 9 p.m. EST to answer fan questions.

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