Some enterprising individuals at Reddit have found a placeholder site posted by Facebook-owned Oculus showing off rendered images of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, that may hint at the consumer version’s final design, and also providing clues about the system’s controller.
Oculus controller and design leaked before launch in 2016
As soon as Oculus launched its countdown site for its press conference on Thursday, a Reddit user discovered a page with lots of hardware renders buried in the site. Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey quickly got onto the Reddit thread and said the leaked images were posted on Oculus’ website briefly (before being taken down) but said that the pictures were not necessarily final.
“This is an old placeholder concept image that we accidentally leaked”, Luckey said. “Everything in it is ancient, certainly nowhere close to final (as evidenced by the GPU specs and the game named “war”). Enjoy checking it out, at this point, but don’t expect everything to carry through to the stream on the 11th”.
In the meantime there’s mention of something called a Simple Input Device in the images. That is a rounded oval controller with a smooth touchpad above three buttons: a minus, a plus, and a back button. Oculus has not publicly discussed its plans for virtual reality controllers since it launched on Kickstarter, so the early glimpse is certainly interesting even if it’s not a final design. The controller also has the new oval Oculus logo that was revealed for the first time today, which suggests that the rendered picture can’t be that ancient.
The images also point to some interesting tidbits – such as what looks like a camera on the front of the unit, in front of those nose. That might suggest some kind of ‘inside-out’ tracker, like that used by SteamVR headsets like the HTC Vive, as well as the ‘outside-in’ tracking that the Rift uses via its external camera.
An exploded view of the internals shows a separate display for each eye, instead of the split LCD that’s used in the existing development kits. Each display and lens could be independently adjustable, too.
SOURCE: Ars Technica.