When it comes to input mechanisms for virtual reality it’s really a two horse race at the moment. The HTC Vive nailed roomscale tracking first with its lighthouse base station system and wand-like motion controllers while the Oculus Rift released its Oculus Touch controllers less than a year ago. We prefer the Touch controllers from a pure comfort, ergonomics, and usability perspective, but the lighthouse tracking system is more versatile and scalable.

Meanwhile Sony’s PlayStation VR platform is chugging away with mostly gamepad experiences and a smattering of PS Move controller apps, but those controllers are by far the least advanced part of that setup. As a result Microsoft is hoping to shake up the marketplace with the launch of their Windows “Mixed Reality” VR motion controllers. You can see the reveal video below:

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