As expected, Oculus today announced both the price and shipping date of its Oculus Touch position tracked controllers for the Oculus Rift.
The controllers will cost $199 and ship on December 6th. Oculus revealed the news at its keynote speech for the Oculus Connect 3 developer conference in San Jose, California. Check out the final design in the new images released today. The biggest different is the improve analog sticks. Pre-orders start October 10th.
As you can see, Touch consists of two handheld controllers shaped for your left and right hands respectively. With them you can bring your hands into a VR experience, reaching out to interact with objects and items. Both devices also feature analog sticks along with triggers and face buttons as well as gesture recognition.
It’s essentially Oculus’ answer to the position tracked controls found in the HTC Vive, which come included with the headset for $799. Both the Oculus Rift and Touch together will cost $798, putting them at very similar prices. Oculus is set to integrate Room Scale tech too, with extra Oculus sensors going on sale soon for $79. Rift and Vive are now neck and neck.
Two new titles are joining the kit. They’re Insomniac’s The Unspoken and Sanzaru Games’ VR Sports Challenge.
Every set of controllers will come with an extra sensor, identical to the one included with the original Oculus Rift, to enhance the tracking capabilities of the set. Oculus Medium, the company’s VR creation app that’s on display at Oculus Connect 3 this week, will also be included with every purchase as will a plastic stock that houses one controller and then fits to the end of a Rock Band plastic guitar for use in the upcoming Rock Band VR.
More to come…