Regardless if you are just a user or developer with an Oculus Rift Development Kit you should try out the new Oculus Share feature that was just launched in Beta – a new community driven platform that is supposed to let you self-publish, discover, download, and play the best VR games and experiences already available. The Oculus Share should allow you to host Oculus-ready games and experiences that you’ve developed (added after moderation by the Oculus team), browse and download content from other developers, rate experiences on quality and VR comfort level, provide feedback to developers about your experience with their products, and also be able to tip fellow developers for their work in cash, should you decide to support their work.
One of the main goals in the development of the Oculus Share was to help developers by creating a centralized community portal for Oculus content – there are already a few unofficial similar projects with information about currently available and upcoming Oculus Rift-compatible software. And while it’s simply a sharing service today, over the coming months the idea of the Oculus team is apparently to make Share an marketplace for Oculus-ready games, experiences, and applications. You can think about the Oculus Share for the Rift becoming something like the Google Play (Marketplace) is for Android devices or the Apple App Store for the iOS devices and we definitely need such a centralized place. The Oculus Share is currently down for maintenance, so you will probably be able to try it out a bit later.
Meanwhile DDD has released a new beta version of their TriDef 3D Ignition software with support for Oculus Rift adding support for a few more games such as Metro 2033, Portal, rFactor 2, TrackMania Nations Forever (no Head Tracking) and Proun (no Head Tracking) along with some fixes and improvements. Don’t forget that you need to have a full installation of the latest TriDef 3D software and to install the beta version of the Ignition 3.7.6b4 on top in order to be able to test the support for the Rift.
– For more information about the new Oculus Share platform…
– To download and try the Ignition 3.7.6b4 with Oculus Rift support…
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DDD has released a new beta version of their TriDef Ignition software with experimental Oculus Rift support for several DirectX 9 games (DirectX 10 and 11 are not yet supported). This is great news for everyone with an Oculus Rift Dev Kit that not only uses it for development, but also for fun and wants to try more games with the Rift. The games that support the experimental Rift mode in the Ignition beta are: BioShock 2, Crysis, Fallout 3, Half-Life 2, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Borderlands 2 and Metro: Last Light though other DX9 games might work as well. The new beta of the software brings some extra HMD Settings that are available for the Rift and it also includes head tracking support that of course maps to the mouse cursor. You need to do a full TriDef 3D install (if you don’t yet have it installed) and on top of that to install the beta of Ignition.
Up until now the only software that allowed people to try games that are not specifically designed for the Rift with the HMD device was the Vireio Perception, a free and open-source 3D driver, even though there are other similar projects. An example for such a project is the vorpX software that seems promising (commercial), however lately its developer has been silent and there hasn’t been any information on the current and future status of the project.
If you want to be updated on the currently available and upcoming games and applications with support for the Oculus Rift 3D-capable Head Mounted Display you might want to keep an eye on RiftEnabled and The Rift List. Meanwhile it seems that by the end of this year we may see a second Dev Kit of the Rift announced/released (not clear if it will be with Full HD display though), however the consumer version of the device will most likely not arrive before sometime in 2014.
– To download and try the TriDef 3D Ignition with Experimental Oculus Rift support…
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