Sunday, April 26th 2020

New "Oculus Jedi" Controllers Leak in Oculus Quest Firmware Update

In a recent driver update for the Oculus Quest references to the upcoming "Oculus Jedi" controllers were discovered by Gerald McAlister. The "Oculus Jedi" controllers are expected to complement the next-generation "Del Mar" standalone VR headset. In an analysis of the drivers UploadVR discovered several key changes in the new design.

When the new "Oculus Jedi" drivers are compared to the existing Oculus Touch controller firmware it is revealed that new controllers will retain the original inputs and layout of the Touch controllers with a thumbstick, index trigger, grip trigger, A/X button, B/Y button, and a system/menu button. The Jedi controller may receive a tracking update with faster controller polling and a new ICM-426-series TDK chip. The updated IMU should greatly reduce noise and improve resolution of tracking to allow more precise positioning of the controller. Other improvements may include updated an updated haptics driver and analog finger sensing like what is found on the Valve Index.
Sources: @gemisisDev, UploadVR
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6 Comments on New "Oculus Jedi" Controllers Leak in Oculus Quest Firmware Update

#1
Mindweaver
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It took me a while to get used to the Oculus touch controllers over my Vive wands, but I wouldn't go back now.. lol Well I still like the wands over the touch controllers for beat saber. I'm looking forward to these new controllers.
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Caring1
It looks like some sort of sex toy, one each.
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Vayra86
Where is the lightsaber?
Caring1
It looks like some sort of sex toy, one each.
Don't give toypowerup ideas now...
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Mindweaver
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Vayra86
Where is the lightsaber?



Don't give toypowerup ideas now...
I saw where someone said that it could be a successor to Oculus Go because the lightsaber indicates one saber = one controller. I think that would be a better idea. It would be awesome if they could build a 6dof oculus go type for around $200-300. I'm very surprised at how many people I have seen in Big Screen that use an Oculus Go.

I think their goal is to get as many people in VR as possible and to do that cost has to come down. The Quest is great but still very high for its library of content. I think they are already selling the quest at a loss. They could try and recover the cost by selling the Quest or Quest 2 with one controller and still give access to those users with the Oculus Go library and give the option to buy the 2nd controller later.

One of the best features of the Vive is that both controllers work in either hand. That helped keep down the cost of manufacturing them. I just don't see how they will do it with the current button arrangement on the touch controllers. They would have to put the thumbstick at the top center and the two buttons below it. That's a pretty big change in something most customers love. Again this is just something I heard about it being one controller. The part about a Quest/2 with one controller is my own "what if?"...
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Franzen4Real
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I saw where someone said that it could be a successor to Oculus Go because the lightsaber indicates one saber = one controller. I think that would be a better idea. It would be awesome if they could build a 6dof oculus go type for around $200-300. I'm very surprised at how many people I have seen in Big Screen that use an Oculus Go.
To me this feels most likely. During the last Connect event they had said that the release of Quest rounds out their future product stack of a low and high end standalone, along with a conventional tethered HMD. So with Quest and Rift-S being the most recent launches it makes sense to me that the Go is next up for a refresh. And I also think your right on with the 6dof. Screen tech hasn't come along in any meaningful way for a lower end devise refresh to be considered a justifiable upgrade to the current Go, along with the SoC that would be required to push higher res. A 6dof upgrade however offers a definite upgrade to the existing Go without infringing on the Quest. I'm betting they could also make a nice form factor upgrade (lighter/smaller), perhaps additional lens/optics tweaks, and increase the onboard storage to go along with 6dof and offer a truly nice gen 2 devise at the same price point as the original Go.
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Mindweaver
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Franzen4Real
To me this feels most likely. During the last Connect event they had said that the release of Quest rounds out their future product stack of a low and high end standalone, along with a conventional tethered HMD. So with Quest and Rift-S being the most recent launches it makes sense to me that the Go is next up for a refresh. And I also think your right on with the 6dof. Screen tech hasn't come along in any meaningful way for a lower end devise refresh to be considered a justifiable upgrade to the current Go, along with the SoC that would be required to push higher res. A 6dof upgrade however offers a definite upgrade to the existing Go without infringing on the Quest. I'm betting they could also make a nice form factor upgrade (lighter/smaller), perhaps additional lens/optics tweaks, and increase the onboard storage to go along with 6dof and offer a truly nice gen 2 devise at the same price point as the original Go.
I think the Quest has an old enough processor to get to that price point and keep everyone on the same platform. FB has consistently dropped the prices on all of their VR HMD's. Imagine if at Christmas they drop the price of the Quest to $349 with new Jedi controllers and a "Starter pack" Quest or slim Quest with one controller for $299. This is exciting stuff.
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