After months and months of waiting, Oculus finally lifted the lid on the long-awaited touch controllers for their Rift virtual reality device. They unveiled the price, too, and it wasn’t cheap.
In an announcement at Oculus’s annual conference, the Facebook-owned company revealed that the Touch controllers would be selling for $US200. On top of that, the Oculus Rift earphones are priced at $US49.
Both will be available for pre-order from Monday, provided you don’t baulk at the price. The Rift already costs $US649 for Aussies and New Zealanders. Add another $US200 or more for the Touch controllers, $US132 for shipping (how much Oculus wanted to charge me last time), and you’re looking at more than $1300 locally.
It costs more to buy VR than it does to build a rig capable of running it. Bloody hell.
Touch controllers will start shipping from December 6. They’ll come with The Unspoken, a game that looks akin to wizard duelling, and VR Sports Challenge. The latter is pretty self-explanatory, although it does let you fist fight people on the hockey rink. VR basketball also looks pretty sweet. The controllers will support room-scale VR too — but to get that going, ala the Vive, you’ll need to spend an extra $US79 for another Oculus sensor.
$US1116* for all the bells and whistles, then — provided the cost of the Touch controllers isn’t an extra $US50 or something, as happened with the Rift when the local price was announced. You can get the full Vive kit for marginally less than that — but unless you really enjoy being an early adopter, damn that’s a lot of money.
Update: The previous “bells and whistles” figure didn’t include the $US49 for the Oculus headset. My bad.