Merge VR is making a big push for its upcoming mobile virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). The device is the first of its kind to be released through major UK videogame retailer, GAME, with pre-orders for the kit already listed on its website. This week the company is announcing that, when the kit launches later on in the year, it will feature support for 2 of its motion controllers, which it claims are the first of its kind for a mobile HMD.
The remote-like controllers feature C9-axis sensor fusion, essentially giving players a brand new way to interact with mobile VR experiences. Using Bluetooth LE auto-pairing the controllers will work with both iOS and Android operating systems (OSs) as Merge VR itself does.
“Going from just one input to two is a huge leap,” Merge VR Founder Franklin Lyons said of the news. “Now with two inputs on our Merge VR Goggles, you can perform two different functions simultaneously, like run AND jump. Think of breakthroughs like the two-button mouse or the first Nintendo controller with A and B buttons – developers and users are going to have a significantly enhanced experience.”
GAME currently lists a 30th October 2015 release date for Merge VR, and is selling the kit for £49.99 GBP. VRFocus will continue to follow the device closely, reporting back with the latest updates on it.
UPDATE: Merge VR has been in contact with VRFocus to clarify that its press release did not refer to companion motion controller but instead two input buttons on the side of the headset itself. This is an upgrade to the kit, which previously only featured one button. VRFocus apologises for this error.