Oculus’ latest Software Developer Kit (SDK) has just been released, and adds support and documentation for a brand new ‘Enter’ button on the left controller not yet seen in the wild.
The Oculus Touch motion controller is on its way, and we now know it’ll arrive some time in Q4 this year along with a healthy selection of compatible games. But what we don’t know is precisely what that final consumer version will look like.
The latest Oculus PC SDK has just been released and the two highlighted features are to do with the new motion controllers from Oculus. The first indicates the addition of support and documentation for a new ‘Enter’ button, to be found only on the left hand controller. This differs from any version yet seen in the wild and seems to indicate the finalisation for the design of Oculus’ optically tracked devices will be right down to the wire.
According to the accompanying documentation, the new ‘Enter’ button is equivalent in function to the XBox One Wireless Controller’s ‘Start’ button, keeping consistency with Oculus’ other standard input device for the Rift.
ovrButton_Enter Enter button on the left Touch controller. This is equivalent to the Start button on the Xbox controller.
The second highlighted feature is an additional haptic feedback method called “Buffered haptics”. According to the documentation the new method has been included to support a certain style of haptic feedback:
The SDK supports two types of haptics: buffered and non-buffered. Buffered haptics are designed to change rapidly (every 3.125ms) and work well for subtle effects. Non-buffered haptics are designed for simple effects that don’t change often (every 33ms).
According to a recent tweet from Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe, the number of Oculus Touch developer kits that’ll be in developer’s hands will exceed 5000 by the time Touch launches before the end of the year.
Thousands of Touch dev kits are going to developers now. https://t.co/IbD1oPQaH2
— Brendan Iribe (@brendaniribe) July 12, 2016
You can find Oculus’ latest 1.6 PC SDK right here.