The Oculus Rift seems to be gaining popularity among developers. FPS developer DICE has posted a job listing for an internship for implementing the company's Frostbite 3 engine with the Oculus Rift SDK. It is an internship for college students as part of a master thesis.
“The master thesis will focus on next generation VR technology and how to best implement support in video games,” the job description reads. “This requires adding basic support in existing technology. Other areas of interest include modifications to better fit first person games, reducing latency, stereoscopic issues.”
While the wording hints towards it being a purely research-based endeavour, if successful, we could possibly get an Oculus Rift version of Battlefield 4. Coupled with the Virtuix Omni VR Treadmill, we could have one of the most realistic FPS experiences yet.
Battlefield 4 played with the Oculus Rift? Yes please!
We recently saw Team Fortress 2 being played on an Oculus Rift along with the Virtuix Omni VR Treadmill. The treadmill allows you to step, walk or run in any direction you want. It plugs into a computer so that your movements are fed into the game. This essentially means that you can control your character's movements by moving yourself. While it does allow you to control movement with your own feet, jumping seems to be a tricky proposition.
The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has been gaining popularity ever since developers got their hands on the early-backer version of the device. Just recently, the guys over at iFixit released a teardown of the Oculus Rift and they were impressed. The headset got a score of 9 out of 10 for repairability and “can be taken apart in less than 10 minutes”.
It is worth noting, however, that the version of the Oculus Rift that was taken apart is the developer version that was sent out to backers of the Kickstarter campaign. Whether or not the consumer version will be this easy to take apart and repair will only be known once the headset has been launched for the public.
So far, everyone who has had hands-on time with the Oculus Rift at events such as PAX or GDC has been mightily impressed by the headset. It will be interesting to see how the developers handled the latency issues that are associated with virtual reality gaming headsets.
Just recently, we saw developers porting the cult-classic free-running game Mirror's Edge to the virtual reality headset. The developer, who goes by the alias Cymatic Bruce, seems to be using a controller to handle the general movement of the main character. Thanks to the headset, one wouldn't have to deal with clumsy analogue stick to look around. Instead, players can simply move their heads around. A nine minute long video gives us a good look at one of the many things possible with the Oculus Rift.
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