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VR Digest: Oculus Touch ships next week

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written by Ian Hamilton (@hmltn) issue 96 – November 30, 2016

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Oculus Touch Ships Next Week

Oculus is preparing more than 50 apps for release alongside the December 6 launch of the Touch controllers, which completes the picture of the Rift originally laid out by Oculus in June of last year. The $200 controllers were originally supposed to launch in the first half of 2016, but Facebook’s VR company delayed the release to make refinements.

Touch complements the $600 Rift with a second tracking sensor to help track the controllers in a larger play area. If you pre-order before December 6, you’ll get magic dueling game The Unspoken ($30) and VR Sports Challenge ($30) for free, in addition to 3D drawing app Quill, sculpting app Medium, and shooting game Dead and Buried, which will continue to be bundled with the controllers after December 6 alongside two demo apps, First Contact and Toybox.


Bits

Titans of Space 2 received a major update, seen in this short video, bringing Touch controller support and new comfort features. The tour of the planets and stars is available for $8 on Steam and Oculus.

Ubisoft announced its games Werewolves Within, Eagle Flight and Star Trek: Bridge Crew would feature cross-platform multiplayer between HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR. The feature is live now with Eagle Flight. If you already have a saved game in Eagle Flight, you will need to manually enable the new feature.

The Foo Show from former Tested co-host Will Smith is nearly funded on Kickstarter but still needs more backers to pre-order the first season of the show. The project has more than a week of fundraising remaining.

A cardboard-based mixed reality headset called Zapbox is fully funded on Kickstarter with over two weeks of fundraising left.

Steam can now support OSVR-based headsets, meaning developers will be able to distribute their apps for Rift, Vive or the Razer-backed open source headset system simply by enabling the OSVR support plugin and checking to make sure it works on the developer kit.

The minimum specifications for Daydream hardware compatibility were published in Google’s developer documentation. The Moto Z and Moto Z Force phones were revealed to be the first Daydream-ready phones other than the Google Pixel (once they receive the Android N update, which Motorola began rolling out this week).

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