If you’ve purchased an Oculus Rift and Touch, it is time to start getting excited.
An Oculus spokesperson confirmed to UploadVR the company plans to have 50 Touch titles available for the debut of Oculus Touch on Dec. 6. The titles likely represent a mishmash of content that had been originally released for Steam and the HTC Vive combined with original titles funded by Oculus as well as upgrades to gamepad-controlled VR games. Oculus said it plans to reveal the finalized list of content next week.
We’ve already reviewed three of these titles: Medium, The Unspoken and VR Sports Challenge. These experiences suggest the fully realized Rift and Touch system is off to a very good start when it comes to content, and adding some of the best of what’s available on HTC Vive would be a dream come true for Touch buyers. Back in October we got a look at 30+ titles coming to Oculus during its launch window.
If you own a Rift and are considering Touch, you might be running out of time to get yours before the holidays as new orders might ship Christmas week. Tune back into UploadVR in the coming weeks for detailed analysis of the new controllers and how they measure up to the HTC Vive.
One thing worth noting is Google has been reluctant to confirm whether its two killer apps, Tilt Brush and Earth VR, would be coming to Oculus. Their absence on Oculus Touch would be notable, and we aren’t holding our breath for a surprise reveal of these apps in the initial launch titles. Google’s Daydream platform just launched and features excellent Google apps also absent from the Oculus mobile Gear VR platform. It’s a bit unfair to expect Google to support Oculus immediately, but we hope that focusing on Daydream and Steam doesn’t mean they are keeping those apps from Oculus permanently. That said, it is an area we are watching closely as it would be a major bummer if larger competitive tension between Facebook and Google keeps excellent apps from Oculus.