Last week at the Build 2017 conference in Seattle, Microsoft unveiled their new motion controller. The short video seen below is high concept, showing the controllers being used in a virtual space:
The controllers appear to have some similarity to those being offered for the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive in terms of form factor and appearance – each features a trigger, thumbstick, touchpad, and grab button. A band of illuminated LEDs will be used to track the controllers in a 3D space – and this is where the real difference in these controllers is apparent.
Current VR controllers rely upon a number of external cameras to locate their position in relation to the headset that is being used. However, the Microsoft system will instead utilise a method that allows the headset itself to track the position of the controllers.
The new controller will be available later this year, and is expected to be bundled with the new Microsoft VR headsets.
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