EVE Valkyrie Gets Oculus Touch Support Sans Motion Controls

by Ryan Winterhalter • August 11th, 2017

Thanks to all the great deals on Oculus hardware this summer, the number of people using the Oculus Touch controller has skyrocketed. In response to player demand, EVE: Valkyrie developer CCP Games has added beta support for the Oculus controllers.

We have a hard time imagining a space-sim like EVE: Valkyrie with motion controls. How could something like the Oculus touch compare to the fidelity of a joystick or gamepad? CCP Games agrees.

In a post announcing Oculus Touch support, the developer wrote, “EVE: Valkyrie was designed to be played with a controller, and the developers spent a lot of time making sure flying your ship with one felt as smooth and intuitive as possible…Here’s the problem with using Oculus Touch: motion controls simply don’t give you the precision you need in Valkyrie. It’s not at all easy to turn your Wraith on a sixpence and line up a devastating salvo when you’re trying to fly it while waving your hands in the air; it actually feels less, not more, responsive.”

Despite these reservations, player demand drove CCP to give would-be pilots the option to use the Touch without motion control support. Unfortunately, there are dozens of ship functions to worry in EVE: Valkyrie, and only a limited number of buttons on Oculus’ controller, so at least one ability- the ability to cancel a missile lock- will be unavailable to Touch players. CCP says they’re working with Oculus to find a way around this issue, but that they “reasoned that you’d rather have Touch support with a little missing functionality than no Touch support whatsoever.”

What's your reaction?
  • Ombra Alberto

    Tried yesterday. Great upgrade.

  • Bundy

    Haven’t played this in a while, but I remapped the controls to my HOTAS, but found that as soon as I quit the game, they’d wipe. I’d have to remap them every time I booted up. In the end I found the Elite Dangerous Arena more enjoyable.

  • Mane Vr

    I try to see how this would work but at the moment it’s a no go for me I most not have the update yet. I am thinking it would play just like the xbox gamepad roll could be mapped to you rotating your wrist one hand rolls you one way the other another. pressing the thumb stick for boost and brake then map the rest as u like… I think that would work great on the next game they can add in game touch screens for some of the things needed but this would be a great start