Media Markt publishes price and launch date of Oculus Touch, then removes it

Media Markt publishes price and launch date of Oculus Touch, then removes it
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German consumer electronics retailer Media Markt has published details of a launch date and price for Oculus’ Touch controllers – before removing the details from its web page.

Luckily, VRTech grabbed a screenshot of the page, which states that controllers will be about €199 and be available from 21 November.

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It’s yet unknown whether these details are correct, as the page has now been edited, but it’s a likely date and price for the hardware which Oculus fans have been waiting nearly a year for.

Back in December 2015, Oculus wrote in a blog post that it would delay shipment of the Touch controllers so it could make improvements to them. It wrote that it would launch the controllers in the second half of this year and would release “a huge amount of ground-breaking new content” alongside them – including 30 of these titles.

While it received plenty of comments – including on the blog itself – that were of the mixed reaction variety, the delay may have given the HTC Vive some leeway to get ahead of them as the company already had their version of the touch controllers ready to ship with the headset.

However, some hardcore fans commented beneath Oculus 2015 announcement that they were happy to wait a bit longer “if it means a better product”.

So far Oculus has been pretty quiet about the controllers’ launch date and price, and other typical retailers such as GAME and Amazon seem to have no mention of it on their sites.

To be fair, Oculus has been promoting new Touch content such as Carnival Games and Blind at PAX West 2016 along with the controllers, meaning they aren’t too far away from being launched, we reckon.

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