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Gaming News: Touch Controller for Oculus Rift VR Headset Delayed

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Oculus VR has confirmed that the launch of the Touch controller for its upcoming Oculus Rift headset has been delayed.

According to the tech firm, it needs more time to work on the circular controllers.

As reported by Gamespot, Oculus VR first unveiled the Touch controllers earlier in June of this year. Each of these devices sport one analog stick and a pair of buttons. They also feature an analog trigger and haptick feedback.

According to the gaming news site, the controllers also have the capability to recognize certain hand gestures such as waving, giving a thumbs up and pointing.

However, in a recent blog post, Oculus VR announced that the Touch controllers will not be shipping out along with its upcoming virtual reality headset, which is slated to come out during the first quarter of this year. Instead, the controllers will probably arrive sometime during the second half of 2016.

"On the path to perfecting Touch, we've decided that we need more time before release, and we'll now be shipping Touch in the second half of 2016," the company stated. "Pre-orders will open a few months prior to launch."

The company did not go into detail regarding the exact cause of the delay but noted that it has implemented several improvements to the Touch's design and functions.

"On Touch hardware, we've made significant advances in ergonomics, and we're implementing many changes that make Touch even more comfortable, reliable and natural," Oculus VR explained. "We're also implementing changes that improve hand pose recognition."

Despite the company's decision to push back the release of the Touch, consumers will still be able to enjoy the Oculus Rift once it comes out as this pair of devices is not the only controller that will come out for the VR headset.

Last year, The Verge reported that the Facebook-owned company entered into a partnership with Microsoft. As part of the deal, Oculus VR will release a special bundle that features the headset along with an Xbox One controller. The package also comes with the Windows 10-based Xbox wireless adapter to enable the consumers to use the controller properly.

Aside from the controller, the upcoming VR headset will also feature a free copy of the platform game "Lucky's Tale." On the other hand, those who will pre-order it will receive this title as well as "Eve: Valkyrie," the sci-fi themed multi-player space shooter game developed by the studio CCP Games.

Tags Oculus Rift, Oculus VR, Touch, Virtual Reality, Video Games

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