Oculus Reported To Be Readying Handheld VR Controller At Connect Conference

With the Oculus Connect event underway in Hollywood, Calif., rumors are swirling that an official controller will be announced before the legions of virtual reality enthusiasts head back to the real world. Oculus, which was recently acquired by Facebook, is the maker of a virtual reality headset that puts you inside a life-like world.

The Oculus Rift development kit has gotten the attention of software developers who see a future for virtual reality.
The Oculus Rift headset for developers. Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe is at the Oculus Connect event this week. Image Credit (all images): Oculus VR

At the moment, you need a third-party controller if you want to have an impact on the world created by the Oculus headset. It makes sense that the company would work on a standard for these device developers – or even create its own, and that would make for the kind of announcement you would expect at an event like this.  And given that Oculus acquired Carbon Design Group (the team responsible for the Xbox 360 controller) in June, the company certainly has the people to put together something impressive.

This morning, though, Oculus is discussing its development efforts. CEO Brendan Iribe announced the new Crescent Bay developer kit, which has better head tracking and integrated audio. He also revealed that Oculus has shipped more than 100,000 developer kits.