Oculus Rift pre-orders are now live, and it seems that the previously leaked Oculus Remote has returned and will be included in the Oculus Rift pre-order bundle.

Little is known about Oculus Remote as of yet. The first time we caught a glimpse of it was back during a photo leak of a then conceptual ‘placeholder’ mock-up of the consumer Rift, and only now has it resurfaced.


It seems to be packing a trackpad, ‘back’, volume, and what appears to be an Oculus Home button—similar to Gear VR’s control scheme. Oculus says the Remote is “the easiest way to introduce non-gamers to VR.”

“The Oculus Remote is a new input device we designed to make it simple and intuitive to navigate VR experiences. With Remote, you can easily browse the Oculus store, explore 360 video content in Oculus Video, or experience a wide range of VR games and entertainment,” the company says in a blog post.

It’s still unknown how/if the Oculus Remote includes any motion sensing.

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  • Jack Singularity

    If the remote and controller had been removed, could we have paid 500 instead of 6?

    • Neo Racer

      Try bargaining with Sony or Samsung next time you buy a high end TV ok? lolol

      • Jack Singularity

        Not saying like that, more of a commentary on why that stuff is included when I can get a cheap controller clone and do without the remote instead of the extra 100$, but I actually think that stuff is probably not a huge contributor to the cost.

        • Jack Singularity

          Wish they had spent less time perfecting a globe-straddling custom fabric manufacturing process and a little more on getting the price under $500.

  • lanthas

    I wonder just what kind of non-gamer would buy a GTX 970 and a €700 VR headset – just to watch 360 videos.

    • Neo Racer

      None, they would use gear vr for that. I got it for Elite Dangerous, Eve Valk and other cool VR experiences.

    • Gav

      Wait 12/24/36 months for the prices to drop. New tech – just like when 4K TVs came out, or Blu-Ray, or and people said nobody needed it and it was too expensive. Eventually everyone who is into any form of electronic entertainment will want one of these, it is a pretty unique form of entertainment with many possibilities and experiences to offer.

      • user

        it would be much easier if there were manufacturers who offer a complete system… 1 pc which powers the tv, audio system, etc instead of chips and different systems in everything. most people dont want to learn how the smart tv works, how the smartphone works, how the other smart devices work, how the pc or console and everything else works. 1 system reduces the costs.

        • Gav

          Prediction – 2 years time Apple will enter the market with “iHeadset”, one closed pair of goggles that does it all…. .except you have to have your iPhone 10 in your pocket and iWatch 5 on your wrist at the same time to get full functionality.