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.”

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.

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.

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.

Magic Leap One Motion Controller Appears in FCC Filing, Suggesting 2018 Launch

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Magic Leap One, the long-awaited AR headset from the secretive titular Florida startup, appears to be on its way to its supposed 2018 release date, as the headset’s motion controller, dubbed Control, has just hit the FCC for testing.

Google: Don’t Expect 6DOF Controllers for Lenovo Mirage Solo

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If you’re waiting on positionally-tracked controllers for Google’s latest entry into the Daydream platform, the standalone 6DOF VR headset Lenovo Mirage Solo, you probably won’t ever see it, at least not from Google.

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.

Vive Focus to Get 6DOF Controller Mode, Optical Hand-tracking for Gesture Input

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While it’s exciting to start seeing 6DOF standalone VR headsets like the Vive Focus and Mirage Solo, both unfortunately include a 3DOF controller which in many cases functions as an immersion barrier compared to a fully 6DOF VR system. 3DOF to 6DOF Controller Upgrade.

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.

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.

Valve Brings Custom Keybinding to SteamVR, Letting VR Apps Support All Compatible Controllers

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SteamVR includes de facto support for several VR devices, although sometimes games just don’t support a particular controller—or if they do, it may not be configured properly. Starting today, Valve will include the controller binding Input system directly into SteamVR beta.

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.”

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.

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.

Valve Knuckles Controllers Add Squeezing, Thumbsticks & Finger-Tracking

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The next generation of Valve’s knuckle controllers adds a whole new list of new immersive interactions. The update also ditches the Micro USB, found on current Vive controllers, in favor of a faster, USB-C connection. Vive Knuckle Controllers

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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

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

Mind-Controlled VR Game Coming to Arcades 2018

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Awakening uses Neurable technology to let you control the experience with just your mind. Mind-control technology is nothing new. In fact, one startup is claiming they’ll have a mind-controlled virtual reality game in VR arcades as soon as 2018.

Exclusive: Leap Motion Explores Ways to Make Controller-free Input More Intuitive and Immersive

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There’s an intuitive appeal to using controller-free hand-tracking input like Leap Motion’s ; there’s nothing quite like seeing your virtual hands and fingers move just like your own hands and fingers without the need to pick up and learn how to use a controller.

Latest Gear VR + Controller Combo Now $90 for Limited Time

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Now, Samsung has temporarily reduced the price of the latest Gear VR headset + controller combo to as low as $90 on Amazon. The headset + controller combo originally costs $130 MSRP. the New 2017 Gear VR with Controller.

Watch: Apelab’s Intriging New ‘Break a Leg’ Running on Gear VR’s Motion Controller

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Here’s the game running with the soon to be released Gear VR motion controller. The latest Gear VR headset will have its own dedicated motion controller, as announced at this year’s MWC and detailed at last week’s Samsung ‘Unpacked’ event.