VR Motion Controllers from Microsoft to match mixed reality headsetsMicrosoft made a recent announcement last Thursday about the newest series of motion controllers that are designed to pair with mixed reality platform by Windows. The same as those that are available for the controllers HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, these controllers are made up of 6 degrees of flexibility without having the need to install added cameras.
Terry Myerson from Microsoft states in a blog, “The motion controllers offer precise and responsive tracking of movement in your field of view using the sensors in your headset.” He also adds, “There is no need to install hardware on the walls around you. We created the controllers as a high-quality and comfortable input device with the same ease of setup and portability as our headsets.”
This new breed of motion controller is the same with the aesthetics and looks of those from Rift and Vivre. It is designed with a ring over the top along with a set of spattering LED tracking and with face sensors. Below the ring is a panel composed of analog stick, menu button and a round trackpad. There is also a convenient Windows button located on the side along with an ergonomic grip trigger.
Microsoft states that companies that partnered with this device will make this device available in the market within the holiday season. One device partner includes Acer which is making plans to pair the device with mixed reality headsets with the price of $399.
This cost is about $200 off compared to the Rift that sells touch controllers and $400 off from HTC’s solution. However, this is really nothing to boast about yet and we still need to see how it performs in general use and how it performs compared to the current VR tools.
For those looking to grab their own copy now, Acer leaves a clue that they will be accepting preorders from Microsoft stores right away.