Oculus Touch Teardown Reveals Steam Controller Guts

first_imgStay on target Well what do you know, Geek readers? iFixit got their hands on yet another hot new piece of technology… and predictably they disassembled it immediately for our enjoyment.This week’s installment is the Oculus Touch, the handheld VR controllers that perfectly complement the Rift headset that you’re hoping someone gifts you this holiday season. Or that you fully intend to gift yourself or already have gifted yourself.Worth knowing: the one part replacement that you’ll be doing with any frequency is quite easy to perform. That’s swapping the AA batteries, of course. The battery door is held in place by a magnet and pops off easily when you need access.What lurks beneath the outer shell of the Oculus Touch? A whole lotta infrared LEDs, for one thing. There are two dozen in total, 22 of which reside in the circular band your hands slide through.One other interesting discovery that iFixit made is that the Oculus Touch utilizes several of the same components that Valve used when they built the Steam Controller. Among them: a Nordic Semiconductor Bluetooth chip, the 6-axis gyro, and accelerometer, and a capacitance sensor controller.Getting the Oculus Touch to this point took an average amount of effort. iFixit awarded the controller a 5/10 for repairability, knocking off a few points for the use of strong adhesive and a few parts that were soldered directly to a PCB.They also said that “navigating through the tabs, adhesive, and hidden screws is not intuitive,” and cautioned that it could be quite easy to damage the controller while taking it apart.Not that you were going to do that to your precious $200 VR controller… right? Not even to add custom LED lighting via the easy-to-access solder pads iFixit spotted? WiFi Track Could Dramatically Improve VROculus Rift Touch Will Debut With Over 50 Games last_img

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