Leaked Oculus Go DevKit Hints At Imminent Release, Many Apps

Two photographs depicting what's said to be the retail packaging of the Oculus Go headset leaked online on Thursday, having been shared by a Reddit user who claims they took them from the official Twitter account of Unity Studios. The original source of the images seen in the gallery below appears to have deleted them within minutes, presumably because it unveiled them prematurely. While Facebook's virtual reality subsidiary has yet to attach a specific release date to the Oculus Go, the finalized look of the newly shared retail packaging is indicative of an imminent release, at least as far as developer units are concerned. It's presently unclear whether commercial models will be offered in boxes different to those housing the devkits, though that seems like a probable scenario and is also what happened with the Rift.

The box claims that the latest Oculus-made gadget supports over 1,000 apps, games, and movies, though it doesn't provide a specific breakdown of the content by category. While movies would be the easiest type of content to port from the Rift or Samsung's Gear VR which is powered by software from Oculus, the headset made for Galaxy-branded smartphones is also less capable than the Oculus Go and the majority of its content library should hence eventually become available on the upcoming head-mounted display. The retail packaging also mentions 32GB of internal flash memory but not in a way that highlights it for promotional purposes, giving more credence to recent reports suggesting that Oculus is also planning to deliver a variant of the headset with 64GB of storage space.

Originally announced in October, the Oculus Go was widely expected to make an appearance at the 2018 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show early last month but that didn't come to pass, prompting some speculation that the device has been delayed. The latest leak indicates the gadget is still on track to be made available to developers in the coming weeks, though it remains to be seen when Oculus ends up retailing it to consumers. Being the company's first standalone VR headset to date, the Oculus Go is meant to provide an accessible, all-in-one entry point to the world of virtual reality.

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