Is Oculus working on their own controller?

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Oculus are the pioneers of Virtual Reality technology in the industry today. It started with the Rift, but since then the company has partnered with Samsung for a smartphone VR solution, and things just keep looking better and better. Is a virtual controller next on the list?

Speaking to Polygon, 21-year-old Oculus VR CEO Palmer Luckey admitted that traditional controllers aren’t the best way to interact with game worlds when using VR headsets, hinting that it’ll need a replacement in the future.

I don’t think that’s necessarily the right input for what you said, rich interactions in virtual reality. That will come down the road.

Now at this point I imagine the eyes of the interviewer lit up, ready with the question that I really want to know the answer to. Is Oculus working on their own controller to use with the Rift? According to Luckey, it’s not a matter of if, but when.

When are we going to create it or when are we going to announce it?

Luckey then reeled back a bit, admitting that they’re only looking at alternative input solutions and not actively working on one just yet. I think it’s only a matter of time before Oculus eventually think of something that will replace the need for a controller or keyboard in front of you, fully immersing you in the game world and experience.

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So far there isn’t a clear answer to what the most immersive, 3D controller would be. Then again, we were saying that about VR just a few years ago as well. Are we on the verge of controller free gaming?

Last Updated: September 9, 2014

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff's a bastard.

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

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  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I’d like to see it before I get interested. Any kind of motion control is a no-no. Waving my arms around is what I do at the gym, not when playing games.

    And in case anyone thought I was cured of being a broken record, VR is still a gimmick.

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