Having been delayed until April 2016, the HTC Vive consumer headset is still under wraps. But these images, supposedly sourced from an accidental leak, may give us a clue as to what we can expect from the forthcoming 2nd Vive developer kits, recently announced to be on their way.

A pair of observant Redditors discovered new images of the HTC Vive headset and controllers on Thursday night. The images appear to have been found in a commented-out portion of code (since removed) from the HTC Vive developer site.

The headset image shows the familiar pockmarked enclosure but with a single camera lens in lower-front portion of the device. While it is difficult to tell for sure from the head-on perspective of the leaked image, the head strap also seems to have gotten an upgrade from the current dev kit.

See Also: Here’s the Entire Oculus Rift “Placeholder Concept” Leak

The controllers also appear to have gotten a redesign in the leaked images. The tracking portion now uses a hollow ring design, similar to what we’ve seen on Oculus’ half-moon prototype, and the thumb pads have been raised from the body of the controller. Interestingly, the bottom of the controller now shows a series of four dots of unknown purpose, perhaps for charging or grip detection.

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We’ve seen early product images leaked before, most notably from Oculus, only to have them dismissed as unrepresentative of the final product, so there is no guarantee that this is what will end up shipping early next year.

As ever, we must emphasize that these are not confirmed as genuine in any way, the chances of an elaborate hoax is of course ever present.

Thanks to Michael Glombicki who deserves full reporting credit for this piece.

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  • Carl Usick

    I hesitate to even comment on the HTC Vive since I have already picked up two “trolls” on this site by pointing out what I see as dishonesty and disrespect by HTC for the people who are actually interested in buying their headset, which includes myself.

    Having said that, there are still some of us who want to have a real conversation about this exciting new tech. These pictures may not be exactly real, but this is what we have been waiting for; a polished consumer grade VR headset.

    One day, when HTC shows this level of headset, along with specs and a retail price, then we can begin to make a fair comparison with the other leading headset. Until that happy day, there is only one. Sorry trolls.

    • kuhpunkt

      “disrespect by HTC for the people who are actually interested in buying their headset”

      WTF are you talking about?

      • DooYes

        He/she has an immense sense of entitlement? But Carl, thanks for the laugh. Properly LOL’d at that :)

    • Nord Doe

      Well now it turns out all that jazz wasn’t necessarily true. They’ll probably cover this in january as they present the supposed breakthrough that caused the delay. Time will tell. Meanwhile however, I think you’ll stick to your obvious agenda to spin anything Vive related into a negative with your loaded comments. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

      Regarding the actual news, these new designs look premium. Cannot wait to have them in my hands.

  • RockstarRepublic

    Its telling that it takes a questionable leak to get more information about the VIVE from HTC. Needless to say, they are making it extremely difficult to like them as a result.

    • kuhpunkt

      Because YOU can’t be patient it’s difficult to like them?!

      • RockstarRepublic

        Has nothing to do with being impatient champ. It has everything to do with the massive difference in how HTC behaves and treats their target audience, especially compared to the competition. Its not a VR problem, its a problem with HTC in general. They are on the verge of bankruptcy, they don’t have the luxury of creating tons of uncertainty regarding the VIVE, this includes lack of information (keeping people in the dark), missing advertised milestones (such as 2015 limited release) and the consumer version design.

        If questionable leaks are the only way the target audience can find out anything, then they are making it impossible to like them as a company, ON TOP of what HTC has already done in the past to get them into such a disliked state.

        Valve made a poor choice in this partnership.

        • kuhpunkt

          “tons of uncertainty”?

          What the heck are you talking about? Yes, they announced it for late 2015. Now it was delayed for 3-4 months. What else is uncertain?

          “this includes lack of information (keeping people in the dark)”

          What information do you need at the moment?

          “If questionable leaks are the only way the target audience can find out anything”

          Why the desire to find out “anything”? I want the Vive. The delay was a bummer. Now I wait. What would knowing anything else now change? We have to wait a bit anyway. And again, WHAT INFORMATION do you need?

          “then they are making it impossible to like them as a company”

          Not that I like Apple, but they don’t show anything upfront. They present their stuff at a Keynote and you can buy it the next day. Why would anybody do it otherwise? Who would gain anything from having such a large gap? That’s just causing frustration – your comment is evidence for that.

          “Valve made a poor choice in this partnership.”

          Are you aware of the term “Valve Time”?

        • kuhpunkt

          Oh and “especially compared to the competition”

          You mean Oculus? No date. No price. No information.

          • Jomas Benfell-McCormick

            Lots of information, even more release content than Vive..
            As for no price, HTC Vive doesn’t have a price either, so I don’t understand what you’re trying to prove..

          • kuhpunkt

            “Lots of information, even more release content than Vive..”

            Which we will probably see soon…

            “As for no price, HTC Vive doesn’t have a price either, so I don’t understand what you’re trying to prove..”

            That’s the point! Bashing HTC for not giving a price or date – when in fact Oculus hasn’t given information either is a double standard.

          • Jomas Benfell-McCormick

            Relating to 17 days ago, you’re completely right there :)

            Relating to today, not so much haha

          • kuhpunkt

            ?!

        • kuhpunkt

          No answer is also an answer, I guess.

          • RockstarRepublic

            Nice confirmation bias there. Having trouble imagining that people might not exist in the same arm chair warrior state as yourself? You expect answers for every post or with some urgency?

            What it sounds like is that you are more emotionally invested into this than I am, and no that is not a compliment.

            I will acknowledge your presence here has been compulsively obsessive in aggressively perusing anyone that offers anything but praise for HTC’s VR device.

            The fact you felt the need to post 3 times in a row to ONE post, and one another day later really nails that statement home.

            If you are not familiar with the subject of uncertainty and HTC, then I can only guess you havent been following along for any significant amount of time. HTC has trust issues with its target audience. When it was finally announced that HTC, a company bordering on bankruptcy would work with Valve in creating a headset… what came up was the uncertainty of the product and their ability to compete with Facebook backed Oculus.

            Going in, HTC has neither the trust nor the market penetration as the competition. THE two things they did have going for them though was 1) Releasing a commercial version before Oculus, even with limited supply and 2) The Valve association. This isnt a game where the best product wins necessarily, but rather the one with the biggest market penetration and timing. Oculus comes out, and what do you see in the media? Oculus. Already HTC will have trouble pushing through that initial push, especially when information is lacking.

            Oculus made an effort to set up its own convention here in Hollywood, to take and give questions/answers freely. It became very inclusive to the market, both in terms of consumers and content creators such as myself. When I went to Siggraph recently, did anyone spot HTC? No. But there were certainly a lot of Oculus Rifts, even the latest one in a highly prominent room with a window sponsored by Nvidia.

            HTC has been offering very little, showing practically no effort where it counts. Already they are shakey grounds and this is a new technology, one that social media and PR play a huge role in adoption and attraction. HTC is treating the VIVE like their phones, and their phones are part of why they went downhill. So uncertainty is huge, both on who is making the content and who is consuming it. You need both for these devices to succeed. Its why Oculus made such a big effort to get devkits out to as many hands as possible.

            At this point in time, there NEEDS to be some consumer VIVE information. No one can get anything out of HTC, and we just now know that we might see more at CES this upcoming January. Not really the best place for a VALVE device. Which leads to the next issue… target audience being neglected. HTC has not aggressively gone after the gaming sphere (games bring in more annual revenue than film, tv and music combined for their primary market) which is what VALVE is known for… instead we see them focusing more on medical and non gaming entertainment. Nothing wrong with that, but early adopters, the ones driving this technology will start with interactive entertainment (games).

            The gaming audience needs to know what the consumer version will look like, how much it will cost, and why its not only a short term but long term investment. None of this is really on the table. Leaks like this one are drops of water in the desert of information, and when the leak itself is uncertain it doesnt inspire any confidence in the long term investment tied to HTC. They didnt show the same level of confidence as the competition. So what happens when you get a VIVE and shortly after HTC goes under. Well great, all the work invested into integrating the vive into pipelines and products gets hit hard, consumers might not see a new version much less get repairs if something happens, even if its not reasonable the sentiment matters. Confidence in a new form of media matters.

            HTC hasnt escaped its history or its negative impression, and the VIVE was what they were betting on to do that.

            You can feel free to disagree, but the fact is you would be a minority in that reaction. Not a lot of people are happy with HTC, from before and now after. Being on the brink of bankruptcy wont help one iota.

          • kuhpunkt

            “I will acknowledge your presence here has been compulsively obsessive in aggressively perusing anyone that offers anything but praise for HTC’s VR device.”

            I replied to 2 people by asking questions. Aggressive? Where did I praise HTC?

            “At this point in time, there NEEDS to be some consumer VIVE information.”

            Why don’t you demand that from Oculus? You mentioned the competition. But they didn’t give anything specific either. Double standard.

            “The gaming audience needs to know what the consumer version will look like, how much it will cost, and why its not only a short term but long term investment.”

            Why? What’s the point if knowing it now? We will know it by February.

            You didn’t really answer any of my questions. Says a lot.

  • RockstarRepublic

    The four dots on the controller are most likely wireless charging, would make sense given the phone element of HTC.

    • Kitsune Shan

      Thats actually the sensors :P

  • Alessio Rossi

    need 4k screen no sde and eye tracking. :D

    • Jomas Benfell-McCormick

      Haha one day, from the looks of it right now they’re trying to stay affordable and not require everyone to have GTX Titan X’s haha