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Jonathan Blow: Vive’s Controllers are ‘the best I have ever used’

Earlier this month it was announced that Thekla Inc.’s long-anticipated title, The Witness, would be launching on 26th January 2016. The team’s Jonathan Blow, known for indie hit Braid, later noted that ‘experimental’ support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) is currently included in the title right now, though it’s not confirmed it will be featured in the full release. However it appears that Blow is now working with another VR HMD, the HTC Vive, recently labelling its position-tracked controllers as ‘the best I have ever used’.

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Blow recently said as much on Twitter. “Okay, so … the wands that come with the Vive are the best game controllers I have ever used,” he wrote. “That would be true even without the headset.” The HTC Vive’s controllers use Valve’s SteamVR system to offer position tracking that allows users to reach into VR worlds, pick up objects and interact with them in a realistic fashion. Blow didn’t mention if this could mean that The Witness might support the HTC Vive itself when it launches next year.

“I just have the thing where you blow them up all boring-like and they float up,” Blow noted, suggesting that he himself is in possession of an HTC Vive developer kit.

He also confirmed that he was yet to try Oculus VR’s own input solution, the Oculus Touch, which is very similar to the HTC Vive. The controller saw a big focus placed upon it at this week’s Oculus Connect 2 developer conference in Hollywood, California. Many titles that were previously confirmed to the HTC Vive such as Job Simulator and Final Approach, were also announced for the Oculus Touch.

VRFocus will continue to follow Blow’s work in VR closely, reporting back with the latest updates from the developer.