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.
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