Valve's Team Fortress 2 will be the first game to work with the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset.
The game will receive an update over the next few weeks to enable support, dubbed VR Mode, for the Oculus Rift. Users will be able to play in public servers using the headset. The Oculus Rift is only available for the Windows platform, with Mac and Linux support in the pipeline.
The first developer kits for the Oculus Rift -- the product of a very successful Kickstarter campaign -- is expected to ship to backers soon. The $300 headset was initially scheduled to ship by December.
We tried out the VR headset at CES, and while it may take a while for users to get used to, it does lead to a more immersive experience that's suitable for exploring game worlds. According to Engadget, which has tried Team Fortress 2 using the Oculus Rift, the game doesn't tap into the full potential of the device, though it may prove a good demonstration (and distraction) for developers looking to create apps for the headset.
There is, however, some bad news for those who have backed the Oculus Rift -- the company won't be bundling a copy of Doom 3: BFG Edition with the developer kit as promised on its Kickstarter page. Apparently, the Oculus Rift won't be supported by Doom 3 in time for its launch. Instead, Oculus VR is offering a choice of a full refund, $25 in Oculus store credit, or a $20 credit on Valve's Steam.
(Source: Crave Asia)