Purpose-built VR controller Oculus Touch won’t be hitting its original release window, instead touching down in the second half of 2016. Pre-orders will open up closer to the time.
The decision to delay was down to several advancements that the Oculus team want to implement before the Touch’s commercial release. They plan to improve ergonomics, making it feel nicer to hold, as well as improving the tech that recognises hand position.
There will also be more pre-production runs, putting development kits in the hands of more developers, getting more feedback and presumably more compatible software in time for launch.
“There will be a huge amount of ground-breaking new content launching alongside Touch,” says the official release. “We shared a handful of early previews at Oculus Connect 2 in September, but we can’t wait to show you what’s coming next.
“The feedback on Touch has been incredibly positive, and we know this new timeline will produce an even better product, one that will set the bar for VR input. We appreciate your patience and promise Touch will be worth the wait.”
The Oculus Rift VR headset remains unaffected by this delay,keeping on schedule to ship in Q1 “with pre-orders launching very soon”.