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.

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.”

Google Reveals Experimental 6DOF Controllers for Lenovo Mirage Solo

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It appears Google has made some serious headway on its low-cost, mobile inside out VR controller tracking standard first seen back in April. The pair of controllers are optically tracked, and include a trigger, Daydream button, App button, grip buttons, and a touchpad with click ability.

Valve Unveils Third Evolution Of Knuckles Controllers

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A smaller upgrade when compared to the massive changes brought on by the EV2 model, this latest update improves upon the EV2’ already solid design with a variety of improvements to the controllers’ ergonomic design and battery life. News Knuckle EV3 Devkit steamvr Valve Knuckle 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.

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.

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.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 VRDK to Offer Ultrasonic 6DOF Controller Tracking

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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 VRDK , a VR headset reference design for hardware and software developers, is now offering 6DOF controller input with ultrasonic tracking. The post Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 VRDK to Offer Ultrasonic 6DOF Controller Tracking appeared first on Road to VR.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How to fix Vive controllers not working inside SteamVR games

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Recently I had a big issue with my VR controllers in SteamVR (both with Oculus and Vive) and so I’m writing this post to try to help you in solving it. And when I put the headset on, I could see the grey intro environment, with all the controllers moving regularly.

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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 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.

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.

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.”

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.

New Google VR 6DoF controllers: More details

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This week the folks behind Google’s Daydream VR universe revealed they’d made a pair of new controllers. These new controllers are not (yet) available to the public, they’ll be sent first … Continue reading.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Google Reveals Experimental 6DOF Controllers For Daydream, Dev Kits Incoming

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Google revealed an experimental accessory for the Lenovo Mirage Solo which adds a pair of six degrees of freedom controllers to the standalone Daydream headset. A Google blog post describes the way the faceplate communicates with the controllers as a “unique optical tracking system” which “uses machine learning and off-the-shelf parts to accurately estimate the 3D position and orientation of the controllers.”

‘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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Prototype Backpack Features Robotic Limbs Controlled Remotely In VR

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Project Fusion’s VR-controlled robot arms could revolutionize remote collaboration. Using an Oculus Rift headset and a pair of motion controllers, that separate user can then operate the mechanical arms entirely in VR.

Hands-On Reports Of Valve’s New Controller Prototype

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Valve brought out its new controller prototypes at Steam Dev Days and attendees are getting hands-on demos. The new controllers strap onto the hand like a glove but feature an outer ring covered in tracking sensors. controllers hardware controller valve

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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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.

Google Announces 6DoF Controller Devkit, ‘See-Through’ Mode For Daydream

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Dual 6DoF motion controllers and a brand-new ‘See-Through’ AR mode make their way to the Lenovo Mirage Solo. Interestingly enough, however, the Mirage Solo’s single motion controller only supports 3 degrees of freedom, remaining more-or-less attached to the motion of the VR headset.

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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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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.