Facebook-owned Oculus VR may have accidentally leaked images and other key details about the consumer virtual reality (VR) headset that it is going to sell early next year. Oculus launched a preview website Tuesday that promised to reveal additional detail about the device at a press event later this week; however, Reddit users were able to discover hidden images detailing design and features of the device (hat tip to VR Focus).
The images not only show a stylish grey headset with integrated headphones that looks a lot more polished than the current developer preview edition of the Oculus Rift, but also a small remote control dubbed the “simple input device” that seems to feature a touch pad as well as a few simple buttons. The Rift headset will also ship with a tracker device for head tracking and an additional gamepad, according to the leaked images.
Oculus didn’t respond in time when asked for comment for this story, but Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has since confirmed the authenticity of the images, while claiming that they were placeholders for the new site. “Everything in it is ancient, certainly nowhere close to final,” he said on Reddit. However, one Reddit user was quick to respond that the images were created in April — so the footage may not be that outdated after all. We’ll find out more on Thursday, when Oculus promises to reveal lots of additional details about the device at a special press event in San Francisco.