e3 2015

[Update] Oculus Rift Ships With Xbox One Controller, Prototype VR Input On Display

by Mike Futter on Jun 11, 2015 at 08:05 AM

Update: Oculus had "one more thing" to show us at the end. The company has prototyped a pair of made-for-VR controllers, meant to be held in each hand, called Oculus Touch. 

The Oculus Touch features tracking, like the headset, haptic feedback, a thumbstick, two buttons, and a trigger. Additionally, there is a hand trigger for grasping motions. 

Sensors in the Touch can also detect hand motions. You'll be able to give a thumb's up, for instance. Founder Palmer Luckey says that the idea is to create as little mental load as possible, facilitates natural manipulation, and is lightweight.

Original Story:

Oculus has been working on virtual reallity input for many years. The company hasn't opted for its own solution for the first Rift, though.

At a pre-E3 press conference, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe revealed that the company will be including an Xbox One controller with every unit. Additionally, the newly announced Xbox One PC wireless controller will be in the box.

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer says that the Oculus Rift will be natively compatible with Windows 10. Additionally, gamers will be able to stream Xbox One games to the Rift, as they will be to PC.