Oculus announced the debut of its controllers this morning, as well as the addition of 54 new games and the ability to create custom VR avatars. Oculus said in a blog post Tuesday the design of the controllers, which sport the shape of their prototype name, Half Moon, make it easier to point, gesture and interact with others in the virtual world.
Rift owners will have to pay another $199 for a pair of Touch controllers. Rift and a set of controllers together cost $798, which is equal to the combined price of purchasing the headset and controllers separately. It is also $1 less than VR competitor HTC’s Vive headset and controllers.
The Rift was the first full-powered VR headset using today’s technology, but it was soon joined by the Vive as well as Sony PlayStation VR, both of which launched with controllers, and others. Oculus Touch controllers were announced more than a year ago, but are just now making their debut. In the meantime Oculus offered Xbox controllers as a solution, and buyers still get one of those when they purchase a Rift.
Oculus also introduced Avatars for VR players, a way for them to customize their virtual face, hairstyle, clothes and other features. Oculus made an ’80s throwback video, complete with helpful robot, to introduce the new features and show people how to use their Touch controllers.