It’s been confirmed that Oculus VR will finally be showcasing an input solution for its Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) at this year’s E3. The company has a pre-event press conference this week on 11th June 2015 that could well be the venue for such a reveal. Ahead of that event, Oculus VR founder and Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey has posted what could possibly be a very vague tease of what could be in store. Namely, Luckey has drawn attention to an infamous Nintendo peripheral, the Power Glove.
Luckey recently took to Twitter to post an image of actor Jackey Vinson appearing as Lucas Barton in the 1989 movie, The Wizard. The film itself is famous for its various references to Nintendo and its line of products, featuring a number titles running on the original Nintendo Entertainment System. As seen in the clip below, one famous scene features Barton was seen using the Power Glove, an accessory that provided very basic and notoriously difficult to use hand-tracking for a small number of titles. The scene concludes with the now-legendary line: “I love the Power Glove, it’s so bad.”
It’s entirely possible that Luckey is simply playing games, though many companies are looking at glove-based peripherals as a means of providing accurate hand-tracking and, in some cases, haptic feedback, within VR experiences. Last year saw Oculus VR purchase wireless hand-tracking company Nimble VR, though it has since stated that the new studio’s technology will not be included in the first iteration of the consumer Oculus Rift. Could a glove controller potentially act as a stand-in until the arrival of Nimble VR tech?
The Oculus Rift is set to ship in Q1 2016. VRFocus will continue to follow the technology, reporting back with the latest updates on it.