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Oculus Execs Believe Controllers Are The Missing Link In Virtual Reality

I had great hopes for oculus at the unveiling earlier this year. Those hopes were tested when I heard that Facebook bought Oculus. I was worried that the emphasis on gaming and support would dwindle like my dreams of dedicated servers during the COD vs Pc gamers fiasco. But reading this and seeing that Occulus CTO is none other than the Great John Carmack.. well…. I suppose I could give this relationship a chance… If it won’t burn a searing hole in my pocketbook.


When you put a child in virtual reality, they instinctively raise their hands hoping to see them, says Oculus CTO John Carmack. Yet Oculus doesn’t have its own gloves or handheld controllers, despite rumors amongst the VR community that Oculus would reveal a controller today at its Oculus Connect conference. Carmack concluded “The missing link in VR is controllers”.

But considering ‘The Future Of VR’ panel with the Oculus execs started with the question of “where is the VR controller?”, it seems clear the company will move to build or support handheld input devices.

In fact, early today during their demo of the new Oculus Crescent Bay headset prototype as source told an Oculus employee they wished there was a controller, and the employee responded “it’s coming.” Yet currently, Carmack says that people want to see their hands in virtual reality, “and we’ve got nothing there right now”.

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