Oculus Touch controllers will play nice with 30 games at launch


— 11:18 AM on June 14, 2016

Oculus updated its blog yesterday to let fans know that the Oculus Touch motion controllers will still be launching later this year. What's new is that the controllers will be useful in 30 "full, made-for-VR games," 20 of which are brand-new Touch-specific titles. Oculus posted a video to its Youtube channel demonstrating simulated gameplay with the Oculus Touch that recalls a similar video for the Vive and SteamVR. Titles on display in that video include Dead & Buried, Ripcoil, VR Sports Challenge, Wilson's Heart and Unspoken.

Other big-name titles coming to Oculus Touch are Rock Band VR, Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope, and Crytek's The Climb, which is getting Touch support in a free update. Indie darling Superhot is getting a special VR release, and Tripwire horde shooter Killing Floor will offer up a Touch experience as Killing Floor: Incursion. Meanwhile, Oculus Medium looks like a direct response to Google's Tilt Brush, and Job Simulator, which has been a popular demo title for the Vive, is showing up for Touch as well.

Oculus says there are "hundreds" more Touch titles in development, and that it will share the full list of titles and launch details "later this fall," the most concrete information given in the news post. Pricing and a release date for the controllers remain a mystery for now.

We're eager to see the Rift reach feature parity with HTC's Vive headset. The lack of touch controllers was cited as a major complaint in comparison to the Vive by reviewers at launch, and HTC's headset seems to be more of a developer darling these days thanks to its hand controllers. More information about the games we can expect to play with Oculus' Touch controllers is welcome, but the prospect of a long wait for the controllers themselves isn't. The fact remains that gamers can buy an HTC Vive (and its touch controllers) right now with the assurance that the system will ship quickly. We hope that competitive pressure means that the Touch controllers will ship sooner rather than later, assuming gamers can get a Rift to go with them in the first place. 

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