Oculus Accidentally Releases Images of Consumer Model, Controller

Oculus Rift VR headset
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Facebook-owned Oculus VR had invited press to attend a briefing ahead of the E3 gaming conference later this week to announce details of its forthcoming virtual reality headset — but on Tuesday morning, it may have accidentally scooped itself. (Tweet This)

As part of an update to the Oculus website, the company appeared to have mistakenly uploaded images of the final hardware for the Oculus Rift, which eagle-eyed VR watchers quickly grabbed — thanks, VR Focus!

Oculus says the leaked images are not final, but there are unannounced details that would seem to point to what we'll see on Thursday.

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Among the new details: The camera that points at the virtual reality headset to track its position is mounted on a microphone-like pole, and the Rift headset will have a forward-facing camera. Screenshots of the leaked details mention two input options: A simple TV-like remote called the "Simple Input Device" and a traditional gaming gamepad, both included in the box.

There's also a reference to a partnership with, presumably for ordering the right level of computer parts needed to power the Rift. There's no mention of final price in the leaked screenshots, but Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe said at the Code Conference last month that he expected the all-in price of the Rift and the PC to power it to come in at around $1,500.

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Reached for comment, an Oculus spokesperson directed Re/code to a Reddit post by Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey, claiming that these are "old placeholder concept image[s]."

"Everything in it is ancient, certainly nowhere close to final," Luckey wrote on Reddit. "Enjoy checking it out, at this point, but don't expect everything to carry through to" the pre-E3 event.

By Eric Johnson, Re/

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