We should get a glimpse of the final Oculus Rift hardware this Thursday. But get a load of the pictures above. While they’re not what the headset will look like when it’s released next year, the images might give us a tiny glimpse at how Oculus will execute the consumer VR revolution.
An intrepid Reddit user dug up the old renders straight from Oculus’s site, and although they’re not the final product, they are pretty revealing. We already know what kind of hardware one needs in order to use the Rift, and we also know what kind of technology is included inside the headset itself. But we still don’t really know what the final headset will look like—the prototypes we’ve tried so far weren’t final, and frankly looked like something that was made in a garage.
These renders, which Oculus CEO Palmer Luckey said are merely concepts, reveal the final version should have headphones built in for 3D audio, and should come with an as-of-yet announced controller. There are no details about the unannounced peripheral, but it only has a few buttons and looks more like a wand, which suggests it’ll work a lot like a Wiimote.
Here’s what Luckey had to say:
This is an old placeholder concept image that we accidentally leaked. 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.
The concept looks a lot different compared to the prototypes we’ve seen previously (pictures below). There are no visible LEDs on the headset itself, though there does appear to be a camera. Meanwhile, the headset also comes with a stand, which could be used to track the headset in a 3D space.
Everything here was what the final version would have looked like in 2014, so it’s old, just as Luckey said. The specs required to run the headset, for example, are out of date, and a lot of the assets on the site aren’t filled in. That said, it does indicate what we might expect from the final consumer version; not just the Rift headset, but a tracker (the stand), the small controller, a gamepad and some cables.
We should find out more this Thursday.