There are just 4 days left until the worldwide launch of Oculus Touch, and Valve is working tirelessly to offer its users the best possible experience within its SteamVR API, now with haptic support.
Despite presenting HTC Vive as the great standard-bearer of SteamVR, Valve continues to welcome under its mantle all the virtual reality devices it can. First there were the Oculus DK1 and DK2, then the commercial version of the Rift and also OSVR, and now it puts the finishing touches on compatibility with Oculus Touch, which is also not the first motion controller compatible with SteamVR (apart from the Vive controllers), since Razer Hydra and even Leap Motion also work. Just a few hours ago, the latest SteamVR beta adds the last feature that was missing to its API to offer the same functionalities in Touch as in HTC Vive controllers: haptic support. Amazing sensations like arc tension in The Lab are also now available for Oculus Touch users.
Although many of the titles star of HTC Vive as Arizona Sunshine, Serious Sam VR, Final Approach Space Pirate Trainer and The Gallery will support the native API of Oculus, it is important that users of Touch have the same functionality under SteamVR that the HTC Vive at its command, and with this move, Valve once again proves that to them, what interests them is that all the users of virtual reality have the best possible experience in all applications and games, whatever the hardware chosen, thus promoting the sales on Steam between the users of Oculus.
We do not know if by day 6 this SteamVR beta will have already been incorporated into the official version of the application, but if not, it is enough that we opt for it from Steam, in the “betas” tab of the SteamVR application. In addition to haptic support, this version changes the mapping of the Touch buttons, since until now access to the SteamVR interface was done through the B or Y buttons on the right and left controllers respectively, while now it will be done with the Menu button of the left Touch, something that makes much more sense.