VRFocus recently covered the development of the upcoming Windows 10 virtual reality (VR) headsets by Acer. At the time there was no word on how VR experiences would be controlled by users of the headsets, that has now changed with the announcement of Microsoft motion controllers.
Its become commonplace for VR headsets to come with a pair of motion controllers. HTC Vive came with a pair out of the box, and Oculus Rift recently introduced the Touch controllers while the PlayStation VR uses the PlayStation Move controllers. Announced at the Microsoft Build developer conference is Microsoft’s own pair of motion controllers.
Bearing a resemblance to both HTC Vive controllers and Oculus Touch controllers, with a tracking ring, thumb stick and touchpad, the controllers seem to be aiming to combine the best features of both controllers. The controllers and Windows 10 headset do not require any external tracking devices, unlike the HTC Vive or Oculus Touch. In the words of Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group Terry Myerson, the controllers offer: “Precise and responsive tracking of movement in your field of view using the sensors in your headset.”
Microsoft have confirmed that the Acer mixed reality headset will come with the controllers as part of the $399 (USD) bundle, which should be available at the end of 2017. The controllers will also work with the other Windows 10 head-mounted displays (HMDs) that are expected from other manufacturers such as HP and Lenovo and are designed to be simple to set up, using a plug-and-play install, though the controllers will not be compatible with the HoloLens.
VRFocus will bring you further information on the Windows 10 VR headset and accessories when it becomes available.