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Team Fortress 2 Getting VR Mode Supporting the Oculus Rift

March 19th, 2013 · 5 Comments · 3D / AR / VR / HMD

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After a bit of disappointment that the Oculus Rift dev kits aren’t going to come with Doom 3 BFG edition supporting them, Valve has just announced that Team Fortress 2 will have a new “VR Mode” that supports the Oculus Rift, available this week. This means that TF2 will most likely be the showcase title for the Rift for a while and you will be able to play it for free as Team Fortress 2 is a Free to Play game. Valve apparently also created an exclusive new TF2 hat: the Oculus Rift development kit. If you backed the Kickstarter campaign at any level, or if you pre-order a Rift development kit from our website before April 1, 2013, you’ll receive a code to redeem your very own TF2 Oculus dev kit hat.

Valve is also planning on sharing what they learned bringing TF2 to VR in two GDC talks:
- Why Virtual Reality is Hard (And Where it Might be Going) presented by Michael Abrash.
- What We Learned Porting Team Fortress 2 to Virtual Reality presented by Joe Ludwig.

The team at Oculus promises that this week is going to be stacked with exciting announcements, including news about Unity, Unreal, and the Oculus SDK, so stay tuned. Meanwhile I’m still waiting to get the good news that my Dev Kit has been shipped, it is one of the 100 DIY kits and the order number is under 150, though it still hasn’t been shipped and these were originally supposed to be shipped earlier than the rest of the assembled kits. I suspect however that we are also going to get assembled kits shipped with the rest of the units as, then there are probably like 10 days until the package comes from the US to Europe, though I still wonder why these weren’t shipped from China to Europe, but had to go from China to the US and then get shipped back to Europe. And I do suspect that the people from Europe that backed the Rift project are no less than the number of people that did it in the US…


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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 eqzitara // Mar 19, 2013 at 21:18

    Damn. I had a feeling there wouldnt be much content on release so I put off pre-ordering till January cause I figured it would be better off. Now I kind of regret it.

  • 2 GDL // Mar 19, 2013 at 21:19

    Since they changed some stuff related to the hardware that was supposed to be included (larger screen I think, among other stuff), I suppose they took the time to assemble everything. Still if you get it and is a DIY let us know if they include any kind of IKEA style instructions :P

  • 3 eqzitara // Mar 20, 2013 at 04:31

    http://store.steampowered.com/news/10180/
    They added support today

  • 4 neverman // Mar 20, 2013 at 21:23

    And I live in China so…
    China-US -China
    Oh come on…I’m going to raid the factory!

  • 5 Bloody // Mar 21, 2013 at 11:10

    Well, you can say that your dev kit made a trip around the world before arriving ;)

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