Update: Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey has confirmed that the images are real, though some are indeed outdated.
Oculus VR is currently preparing to host a pre-E3 press conference at 10:00 PDT on 11th June 2015 in which it’s set to further discuss the consumer version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). The company recently set up a new website that is counting down to the big event, but the new design appears to have backfired somewhat. Images, reportedly buried in the new website, are now popping up online and showcasing the consumer Oculus Rift itself along with some extra peripherals. Even a new webpage design is below.
A number images can be seen below that showcase the new device with an overhead strap, and the headphones that were introduced with the Crescent Bay unit back in September 2014. The Oculus VR branding appears on the front along with what appears to be a built-in camera facing the direction in which the user is looking. Many had suspected that the device might include such a camera, but this seems to be the first time that it’s actually been confirmed. However, while the pictures provide a look at the final HMD, what’s accompanying them is far more intriguing.
In the top of the first image is what appears to be a remote-like controller, notably with a circular surface at the top that seems strikingly similar to what can be seen on the Steam Controller and Valve’s own motion-tracked devices for the HTC Vive. A better look at the device is also below with Plus, Minus and Return buttons. There’s also another wired object to one side of the original image. It’s not at all clear what service this device could perform though it’s important to note that the Oculus Rift itself isn’t seen with a wire. Could this mean something surprising is in store for Thursday’s show?
Even with this leak, there’s still plenty more we hope to learn about the Oculus Rift at the event. VRFocus will continue to follow Oculus VR closely, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.