The Oculus Touch, the VR controller for the Oculus Rift, has been delayed and will not be released as expected. The news comes directly from the team over at Oculus who have stated that the Oculus Touch won’t hit our shelves until the second half of 2016. For those worrying about the Oculus Rift, that is still on course for release Q1….so anytime soon. For those that don’t know the Oculus Rift is a Virtual Reality headset and this is going to ship with an Xbox Controller prior to the release of the Oculus Touch.
Oculus had this to say on why there had been delays:
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. We’re also implementing changes that improve hand pose recognition.
We’re also outputting larger numbers of pre-production runs, which means we can get a lot more Touch hardware in the hands of developers who need it.
There will be a huge amount of ground-breaking new content launching alongside Touch. We shared a handful of early previews at Oculus Connect 2 in September, but we can’t wait to show you what’s coming next.
The feedback on Touch has been incredibly positive, and we know this new timeline will produce an even better product, one that will set the bar for VR input. We appreciate your patience and promise Touch will be worth the wait.