Google Demonstrates Promising Low-cost, Mobile Inside-out Controller Tracking

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A number of standalone VR headsets will be hitting the market in 2018, but so far none of them offer positional (AKA 6DOF) controller input, one of the defining features of high-end tethered headsets. We do not require additional markers or hardware beyond a standard IMU based controller.”

Pimax Unveils New Knuckles-style Controller, Supports SteamVR 2.0 Tracking

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Pimax, the company behind the wide field of view “8K” VR headset, today unveiled a new controller design intended to ship alongside their upcoming VR hardware. ” The company still plans on offering both thumbstick and trackpad style controllers.

Gear VR Controller Review

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Well over two years since the first Gear VR headset was launched (but just a few months after Google’s Daydream VR headset launched) Samsung is launching a motion controller for Gear VR which adds a new layer of interactivity and brings the headset’s input scheme in line with Daydream.

Valve Reveals More Detail on ‘Knuckles’ Motion Controllers

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Valve has lifted the veil somewhat on its Knuckles controllers, first revealed as a prototype last October at the company’s annual Steam Dev Days conference. It also has a handy strap-tightening system that lets you fit the controller snug, and release with a single hand.

Developer Shows Microsoft’s VR Controllers in Action

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Earlier this week we shared our first hands-on with Microsoft’s VR controllers , but at the time the company didn’t allow us to document the session with photos or videos. The post Developer Shows Microsoft’s VR Controllers in Action appeared first on Road to VR.

Developer Videos Show Valve’s Knuckles Controllers in Action

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New footage of Valve’s new ‘Knuckles’ controllers has emerged over the past few days, as developers begin to test out the new device. Valve have not revealed their plans for a consumer version of the Knuckles controllers at this time.

Oculus ‘Handheld Controller’ Passes FCC Testing, Possible Oculus GO 3DoF Controller

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A mysterious handheld device showed up in an FCC test report recently that may just be the 3DoF controller coming alongside Oculus Go, the company’s upcoming $200 standalone VR headset. controller. In this case, actual images of the controller are set to release in June 2018.

Hands-on: Microsoft’s “Mixed Reality” VR Motion Controllers

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Microsoft debuted the lengthily-named “Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers” back in May, but until now we haven’t had a chance to actually try them out. Microsoft’s VR controllers are designed to let you reach into VR and interact naturally with the virtual world.

Valve’s Knuckles Controllers Get Ergonomic Improvements, Begin Arriving at Devs’ Doorsteps

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Having done the core R&D for what would become the Vive controllers, Valve is continuing to iterate on VR input. Though there’s no open application to get your hands on the SteamVR Knuckles dev kit, the new controllers are now shipping to select developers.

Oculus Now Sells Single Replacement Touch Controllers

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So you got a little out of control last night playing Robo Recall (2017) , and you smashed one of your Touch controllers to smithereens. Available through Oculus’ accessories page , replacement Touch controllers (left or right) are selling for $70 / €90 a piece.

Prototype VR Controller Dynamically Distributes Weight to Fit Virtual Objects

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There’s no doubt about it; weilding a real controller that matches the weight and feel of a virtual object is far more immersive than having a disconnect between the two. Rosado says he’s working on a similar prototype for the Oculus Touch controllers.

Microsoft Reveals Motion Controllers for Mixed Reality Headsets Coming This Holiday

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Today Microsoft has unveiled their Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers. The controllers fill in a major gap in Microsoft’s strategy to become the “most complete platform across the broadest range of mixed reality devices and experiences.”

Tactical Haptics’ New Prototype VR Controller Shapeshifts to Fit Your Game

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Tactical Haptics’ newly developed haptic controller prototype uses mechanical sockets that allow them to be mated in different configurations on-the-fly, in order to match a particular virtual interaction more closely than standard VR motion controllers.

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Launching Tomorrow, Sony Reveals How Farpoint’s PS VR Aim Controller Came to Life

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Farpoint , one of the most anticipated titles for PlayStation VR, hits stores tomorrow along with the new VR device it was designed alongside, the PSVR Aim Controller. But there’s no getting around the fact that the Aim Controller looks just plain odd.

3dRudder Announces Improved ‘Blackhawk’ VR Foot Controller, Shipping in Spring for $140

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3dRudder , the company behind the eponymous foot controller for VR, announced its next product; 3dRudder Blackhawk, a newly redesigned device that aims to make input more responsive and intuitive. The company says their newest controller offers a few more functions over its predecessor.

HTC: Vive Pro to Launch With Updated Wand Controller, Not Valve’s ‘Knuckles’

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HTC says that the new Vive Pro controllers, due out later this year, will be an updated version of the current Vive wands, rather than Valve’s anticipated ‘Knuckles’ controllers. The original Vive wand controller | Photo by Road to VR.

Vive Pro Bundle With 2.0 Base Stations & Controllers Now Available at $1400

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SteamVR tracking base stations and two of the ‘pro blue’ controllers, costs $1400 USD. SteamVR tracking base stations and two of the ‘pro blue’ controllers. The company launched HTC Vive Pro without base stations and controllers earlier this month for $800.

Video: Watch Valve’s New ‘Knuckles’ VR Controller in Action

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Knuckles, Valve’s unique VR motion controller, is already in the hands of select developers who are no doubt designing ways to use the controller’s 5-finger tracking. You don’t have to click the trigger or touchpad, or even touch the controller.

First Look at Valve’s New VR Controller Prototype

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Today at the Steam Dev Days conference in Seattle, Valve is showing off brand new prototypes of its Steam VR controllers. Today’s HTC Vive controllers are bulky compared to what’s coming. One source from the event says that each controller has 21 sensors.

PSVR Aim Controller Launches with ‘Farpoint’ on May 16th, Co-op Confirmed

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At GDC 2017, developers Impulse Gear confirmed that their VR shooter Farpoint has Co-op, and will launch in a bundle with the PS VR Aim Controller on May 16th. The post PSVR Aim Controller Launches with ‘Farpoint’ on May 16th, Co-op Confirmed appeared first on Road to VR.

Samsung Announces New Gear VR with Touch Sensing Controller Included

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Today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung announced the brand-new Gear VR with Controller, with 70 titles coming soon. The controller is said to add a deeper level of immersion, using motion sensors, and an intuitive touch pad and trigger input.

Windows VR Headset and Controller Bundles Launch This Holiday Starting at $400

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Microsoft today announced that the company will be bundling its Windows VR headsets and motion controllers, and making them available for purchase this holiday season starting at $400.

‘Haptic Shape Illusion’ Allows VR Controllers to Simulate Feel of Physically Larger Objects

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In a study lead by Eisuke Fujinawa at the University of Tokyo, a team of students created a procedure for designing compact VR controllers that feel physically larger. But swinging a controller the size and weight of a baseball bat around your living room probably isn’t the best idea.

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Hands-on: ‘VTOL VR’ is a Killer Combo of Cockpit-gameplay and Motion Controllers

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Currently available on Steam in Early Access , VTOL VR is a very promising combat flight simulator with a focus on ‘near-future’ vertical take-off and landing aircraft, developed from the ground up for VR and motion controllers. Effective Motion-controlled Flight Simulation.

Hands-on: Tactical Haptics’ New Controllers Let You Switch Your Grip on the Fly

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This week at CES 2018, Tactical Haptics debuted a new prototype of their haptic VR controller which allows the devices to attach and detach on the fly in several different poses for different types of gameplay. The controllers are being piloted in IMAX’s VR arcade.

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Balancing Player Control & Authorial Control with “Virtual Virtual Reality”

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Virtual Virtual Reality (aka VVR ) does a great job of balancing your control as a player with the authorial control of the story. The post Balancing Player Control & Authorial Control with “Virtual Virtual Reality” appeared first on Road to VR. Danny Cannizzaro.

PlayStation is Developing New First Party PSVR Titles With Support for Aim Controller

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Sony’s curious looking Aim controller may not be the coolest looking peripheral out there (a dubious accolade at any rate), but after our hands-on with the device and its first supported title Farpoint was quite positive.

A Glimpse of the New Vive Pro Controllers & SteamVR Tracking 2.0 Base Stations

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While HTC is planning to launch the Vive Pro headset itself starting in Q1, the full package including the headset, controllers, and new SteamVR Tracking 2.0 While the Vive Pro headset and controllers are backwards compatible with 1.0

Microsoft Research Demonstrates VR Controller Prototypes With Unique Haptic Technology

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Microsoft Research has devised two novel methods for more realistic haptic feedback on virtual reality controllers. Haptic feedback in general-purpose controllers has been limited to vibration feedback since the introduction of the Rumble Pak for the Nintendo 64 in 1997.

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One of VR’s Best Party Games Now Supports Rift & Vive Motion Controllers

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Now the game has added much requested support for both Vive and Rift’s VR controllers. And now an update to the game has added support for both Oculus Touch and Vive controllers. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes now supports Oculus Touch and HTC Vive controllers!

‘Athena’ is a New Lighthouse Tracked VR Gun Controller from Ilium VR

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Ilium VR are working on a new VR-centric gun peripheral which plans to use Valve’s SteamVR ‘Lighthouse’ tracking to bring realistic weapon control to virtual reality games.

Tactical Haptics Raises $2.2 Million to Build Haptic VR Controller Dev Kit

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million to create a development kit of a haptic VR controller as a stepping stone to an eventual consumer product. million to create a development kit of a Reactive Grip VR controller. Million to Build Haptic VR Controller Dev Kit appeared first on Road to VR.

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Windows Reveals New Mixed Reality Controllers

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These controllers look familiar. On top of partner device and price announcements that challenge the likes of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, Microsoft also unveiled new controllers as part of mixed reality headset bundles. News Acer Controllers Hardware Microsoft Mixed Reality Windows