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The Oculus Rift comes with a new 'Oculus Remote'

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The Oculus Remote, a small input device that we saw in leaked renders earlier this year, is shipping with the Oculus Rift. Oculus announced the news in a blog post this morning, along with a picture of the remote, which looks pretty much like what we've previously seen. It's described as "a new input device we designed to make it simple and intuitive to navigate VR experiences," a small black trackpad with back, home, plus, and minus buttons. Oculus has confirmed that it's newly announced, but we have very little detail beyond that.

The remote is a great idea, and something I asked for in the Gear VR last year — it'd be great to see it ship with later versions, or as a separate unit. An Oculus spokesperson says that the device is Rift-only "for now."

Oculus preorders opened about half an hour ago, and the first month of preorders is already sold out — units will now ship starting in April, which is also when they'll apparently appear in some retail stores. If you do manage to order the Rift, Oculus promises that "more than 100" titles will be available by the end of 2016.

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