The $599 Oculus Rift comes with the Oculus Remote along with an Xbox One controller to control VR experiences, but what does the Oculus Remote actually do? Oculus founder Palmer Luckey detailed the device during a recent question and answer session on Reddit.
"What details can you share about the Remote?" someone asked. "Does it include a gyroscope / accelerometer?"
"No gyro," Luckey stated. "It is essentially the input set of GearVR made into a remote. You are technically able to replace the battery, but the included battery life should last for about 4,000 hours of use."
The Samsung Gear VR includes a pad on the side of the helmet that allows you to make selections in virtual reality by sliding your finger in different directions or tapping on the platic. The remote will mimic those functions, so don't expect to wave the plastic wand around in 3D space. For people who are used to standard television remotes, however, it could be a very welcoming way to enjoy VR.
Another interesting detail is the fact that computers that don't have the recommended specs for the Oculus Rift won't be locked out in any way. You may not have a great experience, but you can try it.
"We will not be artificially restricting use of computers," Luckey said. "Not my style. Some apps will run on lower spec machines, especially things like movie apps, but we can't officially support that, especially since many low end cards are physically unable to output the framerate and resolution required for the hardware to operate."
If you're interested in more of the important details from the Q&A but don't want to wade through the whole thing, this Reddit thread points out some of the most interesting answers.