Since launch, the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift have been battling for the collective attention of early adopters in the virtual reality market. Both have substantial ecosystems, but the Vive launched with controllers that took the immersive experience to a level a gamepad just doesn’t allow for. Tomorrow, that significant advantage officially dissipates as the long-awaited Oculus Touch controllers enter the market.
The Oculus Touch opens a pathway for new intricate and involved game experiences while also enhancing previously released games. The Oculus Touch Launch Bundle provides examples of both avenues, with 5 games discounted a total of 25% off. The bundle in its entirety costs $89.99 (market value of ~$130 normally) and is a steal for a collection of games that could define the Oculus Touch experience for the foreseeable future.
The just released I Expect You To Die puts you in the role of a secret agent as you complete a collection of puzzles throughout its levels. The Climb is the oldest of the bunch, having come out back in April of this year, but the addition of Touch turns this rock climbing game into an almost new experience for players. SUPERHOT released as a standard game previously but the VR version is delivering one of the most unique first-person shooter games on the market as a Touch launch game. Space Pirate Trainer is an intense wave shooter that makes you feel like a complete badass as you shoot down tons of assailants and dodge enemy fire. Lastly, Kingspray Graffiti lets you engage in the legendary urban art-form without the threat of arrest as you tag the digital environment with up to three other friends.
The Climb earned an 8/10 from us and that was before Touch integration, I Expect You To Die received a 7.5/10, and Kingspray Graffiti is recommended for true fans of the art style. We’ll be providing more definitive reviews for Oculus Touch compatible games over time and be sure to check out our review of the “world’s best VR controllers” themselves as well to tide you over.
Update: Since this story ran, we were made aware that with any purchase on the Oculus Store for a limited time, users would also receive a free copy of Ripcoil, the competitive VR-disc throwing game that feels like a power armored version of Tron. Read our full review for more thoughts and consider it a free $10 addition to this bundle or any other purchase you might make. According to Oculus Home: “This item is not currently available for purchase and is offered only via a limited time promotion. To get early access, make any purchase on the store and get this item for FREE.”