Sixense to release wireless, 3D positional tracking controllers for Oculus Rift, PC gaming
Sixense is the company behind the Razer Hydra, and they have just released the first details of a self-branded wireless gaming controller for 3D positional tracking and interaction. The hardware will be fully compatible with content created for the Hydra, and will also work alongside the Oculus Rift for better virtual reality controls.
“Sixense will release development kits that will support three wireless motion trackers and will include fully playable controllers compatible with games and applications developed for existing Sixense-powered products, including the Razer Hydra,” the company said in a statement. “The dev kits will allow Sixense to work directly with developers to create software for the upcoming consumer version or to develop their own controllers and motion tracking devices.”
The Razer Hydra has enjoyed a surge of popularity from developers and players using the hardware to interact wth games while wearing the Oculus Rift; these controllers allow you to use your hands in a more natural way while inside virtual reality. Being able to see a visual representation of the movement of your arms and hands, and then use that movement to interact with the game's world, is a much more engaging experience than simply holding a console-style controller and feeling disconnected from your virtual body.
I'm going to try to get ahold of a dev kit once they're made available, so we can follow the efforts of developers using these devices to create better interaction in virtual worlds.