Oculus Reveal New Controller and Partner with Microsoft

by on June 12, 2015

Last night Oculus got the E3 ball properly rolling with their pre-E3 press conference.

At the event they showed off the final build of the Oculus Rift (which you can see in the hilarious video above where the room is dead silent) along with a slew of games coming to the VR device. Even Insomniac (makers of Ratchet and Clank as well as Sunset Overdrive) is on board. They also announced that the device will be available in Q1 2016 but no price was given.

However the two biggest announcements to come out of the event were the new Oculus-Microsoft partnership and the new Oculus Touch controllers.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer ended up on the stage to announce that the Rift will work natively with Windows 10 and will allow you to play Xbox One games with the Rift thanks to the Windows 10 streaming feature.

It was also announced that every Oculus Rift will come with an Xbox One controller for use with the PC but that wasn’t the most interesting controller related news.

At the end of the show the ‘one more thing’ was the Oculus Touch, a pair of controllers that feature an analogue stick, two buttons and a pair of triggers. Both are wireless to allow for easy movement and will be tracked in the same way as the headset. You can see Oculus founder Palmer Luckey demo the new controller below.