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Here’s why the Oculus Touch will change VR forever

There’s one name that everyone knows when it comes to virtual reality: Oculus. The Xerox of VR, Oculus has demanded a place on the lips of every VR conversation, delivering an impressive experience through its sleek headset, the Oculus Rift. Now — following a brief delay — the company is finally releasing the headset’s most important companion: the Oculus Touch controllers.

Like something out of the future, the wireless Touch controllers have a unique look, with a loop circling the front of each device. At first glance, they almost look like someone had sawed a traditional video game controller down the middle, giving each hand the ability to move independently. Both controllers have several buttons, as well as a joystick. Behind the grip each has a trigger. This means that everything you need to get your virtual game on is right at your fingertips. While the devices may take a minute to get used to, you will not be left wanting.

To get started with the Oculus Rift and Touch, you’ll first need a computer that can handle virtual reality. Thanks to the technological geniuses at Oculus, the demands on your computer are much less than they were even a year ago. Still, your computer should have at least an Intel Core i3-6100 or equivalent processor as well as an AMD Radeon RX 470 or equivalent graphics card, all running with at least 8GB of system memory. However, keep in mind those specs are the absolute minimum. The better your computer, the more silky-smooth your virtual reality experience will be.

Once you have the computer, you’ll need three things to make Oculus’s virtual reality set-up complete. First is the Oculus Rift headset in which to view all the wondrous virtual worlds. Next are the Oculus Touch controllers. Sold as a pair, these are new and while not essential really do take the VR experience to the next level. Lastly, you’ll need a sensor to detect your movements while in virtual reality. Luckily, a sensor is included with the Touch controllers. However, if you’re planning on running a full-room VR experience (a space larger than 5’x11’), you may need to pick up another stand-alone sensor to expand the covered area.

Now that you’ve got your Oculus Rift and Touch all set up and ready to roll, you’ll want some games to play. Good news, virtual explorer! There are more than 50 games available for the device. That means there are plenty of options to pick from, so you’re sure to find something you’ll be excited to play. Even better, there’s a Launch Bundle to get you started. This bundle includes The Climb, I Expect You To Die, Kingspray, Space Pirate Trainer, and Superhot VR all packed together for a hefty discount.

Here’s a list of all the current Oculus games:

  • Arizona Sunshine
  • Bigscreen Beta
  • Carnival Games VR
  • The Climb
  • Cosmic Trip
  • CRANGA!: Harbor Frenzy
  • Dead and Buried
  • Dead Hungry
  • Dig 4 Destruction
  • Enigma Sphere
  • Fantastic Contraption
  • Final Approach
  • Fly to KUMA MAKER
  • Fruit Ninja VR
  • Galaxy Golf
  • The Gallery Episode 1: Call of the Starseed
  • Gary the Gull
  • GraviLab: Gravitational Testing Facility & Observations
  • HoloBall
  • Home Improvisation: Furniture Sandbox
  • I Expect You To Die
  • Job Simulator
  • Kingspray
  • Medium
  • Music Inside
  • NBA 2KVR Experience
  • Ocean Rift
  • Oculus First Contact
  • Pierhead Arcade
  • Please, Don’t Touch Anything
  • Pro Fishing Challenge VR
  • Proton Pulse Plus
  • Pulsar Arena
  • Quar: Battle for Gate 18
  • Quill by Story Studio Beta
  • Rec Room
  • Rescuties! VR
  • Ripcoil
  • Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope
  • Space Pirate Trainer
  • Sports Bar VR
  • Super Kaiju
  • Superhot VR
  • Surgeon Simulator: Experience Reality
  • theBlu
  • Toybox
  • The Unspoken
  • Viral EX
  • Virtual Desktop
  • VR Sports Challenge
  • Windlands
  • ZR: Zombie Riot

We highly recommend the hilarious Job Simulator and Surgeon Simulator. Both of these titles give a lot of hands-on entertainment, delivered in humorous situations. This makes getting used to your new VR set-up much less stressful, and much more fun!

If you didn’t see anything above that floats your boat, Oculus does have an impressive release schedule coming up for 2017. Here is a full list of next year’s upcoming titles that you’ll be able to play in VR with the Touch:

  • 1
  • Bullet Train
  • Dragon Front
  • Giant Cop: Justice Above All
  • Kill Floor: Incursion
  • Landfall
  • Lone Echo
  • Luna
  • Moon Strike
  • Nimbus Nights
  • Robo Recall
  • Rock Band VR
  • Wilson’s Heart

So what are you waiting for? Head out there and get your VR on!