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Oculus VR announced today that its Oculus Touch hand controls for virtual reality will be delayed until the second half of 2016.
The company said in a blog post that it needs more time to perfect its Touch controls, which allow you to use your hands in a virtual reality simulation. That means that the Oculus Rift headset will ship with an Xbox One controller — a traditional video game controller — when it debuts in the first quarter. Preorders for the Oculus Rift are beginning “very soon,” according to Oculus VR, which Facebook bought for $2 billion in 2014.
The post said, “On Touch hardware, we’ve made significant advances in ergonomics, and we’re implementing many changes that make Touch even more comfortable, reliable, and natural. We’re also implementing changes that improve hand-pose recognition.”
Oculus VR is also setting up a larger pre-production run so it can get more prototypes to developers. Oculus said there will be a lot of “groundbreaking new content launching alongside Touch.” Early previews will be shown at the Oculus Connect 2 in September. The Oculus team said the Touch will be worth the wait.
That means that Oculus VR will likely have less cool stuff to show at the 2016 International CES, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas next week.