The Oculus Touch Controllers Won’t Be Launching Until At Least Mid-October

If you were one of the first Oculus Rift adopters and thought you were going to be getting a pair of Oculus Touch controllers soon, bad news: it looks like you’ll be waiting much longer than that.

In a blog post, Oculus has thanked early adopters and potential customers for their patience with the Rift’s rollout. “We appreciate that without your support, VR wouldn’t be where it is today,” the company said.

Oculus also added that they were “on track to launch Touch and introduce true hand presence” later this year, saying they would have “lots more” to say about the controllers at Oculus Connect 3 — which doesn’t kick off until October 5 in San Jose, California.

Brendan Iribe, Oculus’s co-founder and CEO (as well as someone who worked on the UI for Civilization 4), clarified early this morning that Touch wouldn’t be launching until the fourth quarter of this year:

Iribe added that thousands of Touch dev kits were being shipped to developers now, and that the investment “in quality and polish” would have a massive effect on virtual reality.

On the bright side, the company says that all pre-orders of the Rift have now finally shipped. On top of that, new orders from the website are “shipping within 2 to 4 business days”.

That said, it’s more added frustration for users who jumped on the Rift train early only to beset with delays. The company originally delayed the release of Touch until the second half of this year. We’re technically still in that window, but there’s a big difference between July and August and the middle of October onwards.

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