Facebook are hoping to make VR controllers redundant

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VR is nevertheless a niche. The price, the hardware, the distinct lack of a killer app (even though Google Earth is awesome in VR). There are nevertheless a lot of hurdles, even though a single of these could possibly have just fallen. Oculus just announced a new strategy of tracking that could make controllers redundant. The Oculus Quest’s cameras can be made use of to track the user’s hands and fingers, without having any further hardware. Players can hopefully use their hands in VR as they would in genuine-life.

The quick video beneath is a single of these demonstrations that clumsily undermines their claims. The slick CGI and the bare minimum of sensible examples are sufficient to give pause for believed. But here’s what they assume it feels like.

But they showed a tiny bit extra on stage, without having all the CGI.

I’ve lately moved closer to my loved ones, and each and every and every single a single of them has looked at my VR headset and asked if they can use it. Even with an workplace constructed to rapidly set up VR, it is nevertheless a struggle to get them comfy and to clarify the controls. The on-stage glimpse is some thing I’d definitely adore them to pull off smoothly. Which is nevertheless an concern with VR. I believed Valve’s Index controllers would decrease the friction to obtaining into VR, but they’ve proved to be really clumsy in my tests. It is tougher to use them than the wands for most men and women. The finger tracking on the Quest will have to be extremely precise basically for the reason that you know exactly where your fingers are. You are in absolute manage, and any deviation from your physique is going to destroy immersion.

There’s a lot that could nevertheless go incorrect, but Facebook appears fairly confident in their capability to lower VR all the way down to just a single device. The beta will go reside early in 2020.

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