Oculus Rift: Touch and Earphones available from October 10, Santa Cruz prototype and more




Already for the third time, Oculus invited VR developers to the Oculus Connect conference. And belonging to Facebook company had a lot in terms of hardware and software to proclaim . Oculus Touch, the controller for Oculus Rift, can be ordered from October 10th. 199 dollars are due for this, the delivery starts on 6 December. There will also be Bundles with Oculus Rift, but without price savings. In addition, the purchase of Oculus Touch VR Sports Challenge and The Unspoken, as well as an additional sensor and a connector for Rock Band VR.

Oculus Santa Cruz, is a protype headset that shows where the trip is going. No cables, no external sensors a headset and you can enjoy VR. The tracking takes place via the headset, more precisely over cameras attached to the headset. As you can see in the demo video, you are nowhere connected with cables, so you can really move freely. One of the more exciting developments, however, was only very vaguely shown.

Also the ecosystem for Gear VR, Samsung’s VR headset for smartphones is being expanded. Over 400 applications already exist. The matching SDK is now getting additional features to push the Mobile VR category further, making it even easier for developers to bring their applications to the Gear VR headset. Also, all applications can be transferred directly as Facebook Livestream. This does not have to be implemented in the apps, but rather via the system.

Oculus Avatars is also an innovation that is available soon. You can create your own figure, which represents one. Available is the story for Oculus Rift along with the touch release, the mobile variant will follow in 2017.


Oculus Parties and Oculus Rooms are two new features, which will first come on Gear VR and will be available on Oculus Rift. Oculus Parties allows “calls” with up to eight people and can be started from anywhere. Oculus Rooms is already a bit further, you can “meet” with others and then start an app at the same time to explore them together. Or you can watch a movie together. Sounds like an interesting feature, which will also be useful for multiplayer options.

Also new are the Oculus Earphones for Rift. From 10 October they can be pre-ordered for 49 dollars, with a delivery also from 6 December. They should also satisfy the highest audio requirements. Certainly a bit high. But they are supposed to deliver rich bass, while the mids and highs remain clear.


Asynchronous Spacewarp – which has a very high-trailing name, should be happy, which in addition to Oculus Rift do not want to buy a high-end PC. This is a technique which should achieve similar results with half the Framerate as native 90 Hz rendering. This of course affects the minimum requirements on the CPU and GPU, VR via Rift is to be made accessible to an even wider mass.

By these new minimum requirements, Oculus can also offer an AMD-PC, which is sold for 499 dollars. In addition, there are more “Oculus ready” -PCs, which offer the recommended specifications (differ from the minimum requirements). Including laptops from ASUS, Gigabyte and Lenovo.

In addition, Oculus has announced new software, such as SingSpace, a karaoke program released in the spring of 2017. In addition, the company is investing heavily in VR, across the areas of entertainment and education. For example, you are cooperating with the Walt Disney Studios or putting a few million dollars into a diversity program. In 2017 there should be some exciting developments and news. If synonymous still Google’s Daydream VR platform ride up, this will probably all a tick faster.


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