We reported recently on the official Windows 10 version of the social gaming phenomenon Minecraft receiving Oculus Rift headset support. Microsoft have just announced that the game will also receive support for Oculus’ VR motion controllers ‘Touch’ on October 18th which may be further evidence of an October release for the devices.

Oculus, and in particular their CTO John Carmack, were over the moon to announce at last year’s Oculus developer conference Connect that the enormously successful Minecraft was to finally receive official support for virtual reality, exclusively via Oculus Rift and Gear VR headsets. The Gear VR saw it’s version drop earlier this year, with the Rift version following some months later.

Now, Microsoft have stated that support for Oculus’ forthcoming Touch motion controllers will be added too beginning October 18th. At MINECON, the official annual convention for everything Minecraft, the company announced a series of enhancements and add ons for the official version of the game, and that Oculus Touch support will come to the beta release in October. “The Boss Update will allow you to use your Xbox Wireless Controller with Bluetooth while you’re playing the Gear VR and Windows 10 Editions. And, VR players of the Windows 10 Edition Beta will be getting an update to support Oculus Touch input,” stated a blog post on the official Xbox website, published yesterday.

See Also: Oculus Touch Price Revealed in London GAME Store
See Also: Oculus Touch Price Revealed in London GAME Store

This announcement adds to mounting evidence that we may well see an official launch for Oculus’ much anticipated and long awaited Touch motion controllers in October. We reported recently that a London GAME store had (seemingly mistakenly) set out displays that indicated the UK price for Touch, also stating the store would be taking pre-orders for the devices. Prior to that, two German online stores had listed the controllers —MediaMarkt and Saturn—posted online listings of Touch, citing a €199 price with a November 21st delivery date. Price and shipping information has since been stripped from the online retailers’ respective listings.

It now seems highly likely that Oculus will share launch details and price for Touch at their third developer conference Connect, due to take place in San Jose, CA October 5-7. Given the evidence, it seems we may well see an Oculus Touch launch in the first 2 weeks of October, although this is far from officially confirmed yet.

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Based in the UK, Paul has been immersed in interactive entertainment for the best part of 27 years and has followed advances in gaming with a passionate fervour. His obsession with graphical fidelity over the years has had him branded a ‘graphics whore’ (which he views as the highest compliment) more than once and he holds a particular candle for the dream of the ultimate immersive gaming experience. Having followed and been disappointed by the original VR explosion of the 90s, he then founded RiftVR.com to follow the new and exciting prospect of the rebirth of VR in products like the Oculus Rift. Paul joined forces with Ben to help build the new Road to VR in preparation for what he sees as VR’s coming of age over the next few years.
  • Firestorm185

    Adding in Oculus Touch support to Minecraft will be Amazing! I’ve gotten a bit bored playing it with an Xbox controller. Can’t wait!

    • ummm…

      it is pretty cool, but unless you are a minecraft player the physical exertion may not be worth it. I’ve had it for the vive for many months, and for the most part forget that i even have the option to play it/ play it in VR. Anyhow, hope you’ll be having fun with it sooner than later.

      • Firestorm185

        I play it pretty regularly, so it’ll definitely be worth it for me. I’ll be very happy when I don’t have to crane my neck to mine trees anymore. XD

  • Get Schwifty!

    It would be nice if they were released in October, but I am betting it will be a mid-November launch to give devs (especially after this flap going on with Palmer) to smooth over and do last minute touching up for games to be released at the same time. They still have to ship them out as well, and that’s usually a two week process at best. They are not going to rush this launch that’s for sure ;)

  • xebat

    Maybe they will start selling them online in october and retail in november ?

    • Justos

      My guess is if you pre-ordered the rift and hit that first-in-line checkbox, you can expect them in October!