Oculus Rift Catches Vive With Touch and Room-Scale VR This December

Oculus Rift Catches Vive With Touch and Room-Scale VR This December

The Oculus Touch Controllers have an official price and release date.

Today at the Oculus Connect press conference, Oculus VR announced the final release date and price for its motion controllers. The Oculus Touch will be launching December 6 and will cost $199. The controllers will come with two games, Insomniac's The Unspoken and VR Sport Challenge. Pre-orders for the Oculus Touch controller will kick off on October 10.

The Oculus Rift and Oculus Touch will support room-scale virtual reality this December as well. Players will have to pick up an additional sensor to accommodate room-scale tracking and that sensor will set you back $79.99. It's worth noting that while Oculus executives pushed "room-scale" on stage, none of the games actually require walking around a limited space. For now, they're all standing experiences.

Of course, these additional accessories bring the Oculus Rift into feature-parity with the HTC Vive, but it also brings their prices closer together. The Vive is $799. The Oculus Rift is $599 alone, but adding the $199 Touch controllers and $79 extra sensor bring the total to $877. That's easier for existing Oculus Rift owners to swallow, but new buyers may look at the HTC Vive first. And this is all before you take into account PlayStation VR and Google Daydream View.

Oculus also announced that the Oculus Rift minimum specifications have lowered. Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe said the new specs are due to Asynchronous Spacewarp tech, which renders games at 45 frames per second and then has the hardware fill in the gaps. (How? Magic!) The new specs are as follows:

  • Nvidia 960 or greater (previously Nvidia GTX 970 / AMD 290 or greater)
  • Intel i3-6100 / AMD FX4350 or greater (previously Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater)
  • 8GB+ RAM (unchanged)
  • Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output (unchanged)
  • 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 (previously 2x USB 3.0 ports)
  • Windows 8 or newer (previously Windows 7 SP1 or newer)

The company is also offering a $499 Oculus-ready PC from Cyberpower, bringing the VR barrier-to-entry down.

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Mike Williams

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M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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