Touch is not supported in Elite. To get the best out of it in VR you really need a HOTAS setup. Having said that, there are those that play it in VR with M&K or Xbox pad. With a decent setup, for the bulk of the game you will not need to remove your headset. There's just the odd few little bits where that might be required, such as typing a system name into the Galaxy Map if there's one you want to search for, or consulting notes you've made or a 3rd party website for specific info. You can get away with peaking down the nose of your Rift for some of those, but there are times you'll need to take it off, like if I need to consult a website for instance. In those cases though I'm usually on a long trip somewhere or parked up at a station or on a planet, and it often makes a nice breather after you've been in it for a couple of hours.
If you can stretch to a reasonably cheap HOTAS like this, then it'll go a long way to making your experience a lot better in ED. https://www.cclonline.com/product/120469/4160543/Game-Controllers/Thrustmaster-T-flight-Hotas-X-Joys... That's the cheapest UK price I can find. Don't be fooled by the picture, it's actually quite a big weighty stick and the throttle can be separated apart from the stick by about 50cm if I remember correctly. It's a lot of stick for the money, and mine last for ages before I needed to replace it, and then I upgraded to the T.16000M plus throttle.
Yup, I highly recommend the T-Flight X too. It's fantastic and excellent value for money.
There's also a big update coming in Q4 which will improve both Exploration and Mining, and a load of community members were invited to Frontier to have a sneak preview and give feedback to them, you can see a good summary of what they were allowed to talk about here:
Agree with both @Chazmeister & @snowdog , the game is much better with a HOTAS, I have both the T-Flight X and Saitek X52 Pro, despite being 1/3 of the price of the Saitek the T-Flight is well worth buying as it is built like the proverbial outbuilding...
You can use Touch with ED but it isn't practical and you'd get frustrated very quickly (I did anyway). The Q4 update does look very interesting too.
As for exploring, go for it, the new mechanics may even make it quicker, especially if you no longer have to SC for 500k Ls to reach that last body in a system...
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Thank you guys very much for the answers. I actually have a Saitek x52, but missing the Ps/2 6 dim cable that combines the joystick and trottle. But i think i found the right cable online today. Order sent! 🙂
I like simulations that dosn't have a storyline. Total freedom! I'm a middleaged man who does not need all the action anymore (well...sometimes) 😄
Touch is supported but there's not much to map except menus. Better to fly with HOTAS so start with a Flight T then upgrade as you can. I did and now use the 16000m FCS but you must be very careful not to over twist the YAW before you cause sensor damage. Buy it and it will take years to master anyways and everybody has there own binds due to various gear. I find using VoiceAttack is essential and make use of the 75% Speed bind as this is also essential to Dissengaging from Supercruise when at 7secs to target and be at correct speed without overshooting. Exploring is being revamped in the next few weeks. You don't need expensive Ships to explore but do need the best Jump Range so some Engineering is advised and this means unlocks and gathering materials on planets in the SRV.
No idea if either of those work with the Rift though, as they both look like they've been made with the Vive.
Personally I'd still much prefer a good HOTAS setup. The problem I find with these motion control sim setups, is of course that there's just no kind of feedback like you would get if your were pushing a stick or throttle, and not having any controls to rest your hands on, means it can get very tiring holding your hands out all the time in a fixed position.