Oculus VR has plenty to showcase at its booth on the E3 show floor in Los Angeles, California this week. Following on from the company’s pre-E3 show last week, it now has both its final, consumer-focused version (CV1) of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) to demonstrate as well as Oculus Touch, its intriguing new input solution that was first revealed by Palmer Luckey. One might think both of these exciting new devices would be showcased as a pair at this week’s show, but that’s not quite the case.
Demos for the Oculus Rift CV1 are being shown with an Xbox One controller, which was confirmed to be included with the HMD itself next year. Meanwhile, Oculus Touch is being shown on the last prototype version of the Oculus Rift, Crescent Bay. It’s not yet clear why the company has opted to separate the two devices though, obviously, some of the launch titles such as Insomniac Games’ Edge of Nowhere and Gunfire Games’ Chronos are relying on the Xbox One controller itself and seemingly don’t have need for the new controller.
The Oculus Touch demo includes a demo known as ToyBox, which is specifically built to showcase the device. At last week’s reveal Luckey showcased a pair of ‘Half Moon’ prototype controllers that include six-degrees-of-freedom tracking, two buttons, a trigger, and analogue stick and even gesture recognition. While the Oculus Rift will be launching in the first quarter of 2015, Oculus Touch is expected to arrive within the first half. Pricing for either the HMD or the new controller is yet to be announced.
VRFocus will continue to follow the Oculus Rift and the Oculus Touch, reporting back with the latest updates on both devices.