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More delays ahead for Oculus Rift

by on13 July 2016

Touch controllers will not ship till later

As Oculus Rift finally shipped out the last of its much delayed pre-orders to customers, it seems that there is another product delay which has gone un-noticed.

The world+dog had been expecting the shipment of the Rift’s touch controllers. These are as important to the Rift as the Prince of Denmark is to the cast of Hamlet.

At the moment Rift games depend on the Xbox controller which is fine as far as it goes, but it relegates the Rift to being a 3D monitor rather than the full VR system.

Oculus exclusive Touch titles we have tried are really something and the key for developers trying to make “next-gen” content. Oculus’s supply problems means that it is  forced to develop primarily for the Vive.

Brendan Iribe has confirmed, via Kotaku, that the Touch controllers will only be shipping in volume come Q4. His tweet reads, “Oculus Rift is now shipping in 2-4 days. Apologies for initial delay. We’re fully caught up & ramping production. Touch ships in volume Q4”.

So at the moment Touch controllers are making their way to developers.

All up this is a huge wait for those who made the grave mistake of supporting the Rift early. Not only have they had to wait for months for the VR device, they are now having to wait for more months for the tool which will make it fly.

Last modified on 13 July 2016
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