Oculus has announced the release date and pricing for Oculus Touch, the motion tracking controllers for the Oculus Rift. At Oculus Connect 3, a developer conference held by Oculus, they revealed that the Oculus Touch controllers will cost $199 USD and will be released on December 6. The controllers, which are sold as a pair, will come with a tracking sensor and two games: VR Sports Challenge and The Unspoken.
While the Oculus Rift comes with a sensor already, both sensors must be used at the same time for the Touch controllers to work. Oculus also announced that the Rift will be able to support room-scale VR, but that it will require a third sensor which needs to be placed behind the user in order to track them when they turn around. The Rift’s sensors need to be plugged into a USB port on your PC, which differs from the HTC Vive’s sensors which need only a power outlet to operate.
Additional sensors will be available for purchase for $79 USD, and will also release on December 6, 2016. The Oculus Rift has been capable of handling more than one sensor for a while now, but currently the only way to get another sensor is to get another Rift.
Oculus Touch will use a new system called Guardian that will help prevent users from moving outside of the play space, similar to the HTC Vive’s Chaperone system.
If you pre-ordered a Rift, you will be given access to an early round of pre-orders for the Touch controllers (starting October 10th), and will receive an email from Oculus with the details.