Oculus may have accidentally leaked images of its upcoming Oculus Rift headset through a website counting down to special live event to be held ahead of E3. Inquisitive visitors to the site dug into the source code and discovered unreleased images of the Oculus Rift; although Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has said that the images are of an older model being used as a placeholder.
The debate about the leaked images continues despite Luckey’s claims. Some say that elements in the images come from media that is old enough to point to the Crescent Bay version of the Oculus Rift. This includes a shot from Oculus’ VR short film Lost, which was announced early this year, and an ad for the Gear VR Insurgent tie-in. Another detail is the fact that the system requirements is headlined by a very strange message that does not fit the tone of the rest of the site.
However, other users have pointed out that the particular Oculus Rift had an additional downward facing camera on the front that indicates it is something that we have not yet seen before. Commentors on Reddit have suggested that it might be a hand tracking sensor.
What is clearly new and never seen before is the controller bundled with the Oculus Rift. Only, it isn’t really a controller and is called an SID; which stands for Simple Input Device. It looks like a simple remote control with a trackpad attached to the top. Overall, it might be a little disappointing after discovering the kinds of controllers that the HTC Vive developer kit ships with; but this particular SID is not likely meant to be used for gaming.
No other details have appeared about the Oculus Rift, but the special event is scheduled to take place on 11 June. Which is very, very soon.