VorpX beta lets you play old games with Oculus Rift

1 Oct 2013  by   Tim McDonald
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Far Cry 3 (1)

Experiencing Far Cry 3 in VR must be like going on holiday. A holiday where lots of people try to kill you. So sort of like going on holiday in Bridgwater, I guess.

VorpX is now on sale to the public, adding Oculus Rift support to over 90 games.

I’m not even going to pretend to understand this, but it’s apparently a stereoscopic 3D driver for DirectX 9, 10, and 11, which adapts existing games to work on your shiny Oculus Rift headset. It adds head-tracking, two types of 3D, and a load of little bits of functionality to make playing them easier. Like, ooh, a virtual keyboard to give you access to buttons that you can’t see (because you’re not looking at your keyboard) and the ability to zoom right out so that you can see cutscenes properly.

The actual games are… mixed. On the one hand: Skyrim! BioShock Infinite! Mirror’s Edge! Deus Ex: Human Revolution! Dishonored! Far Cry 3! All of which make sense, even if Mirror’s Edge will probably make you vomit all over your shiny Oculus Rift headset. On the other hand… Assassin’s Creed 2? Batman: Arkham City? Dragon Age: Origins?! I have no idea how those would work. I’m assuming you’d still have the same third-person viewpoint, which I guess turns Arkham City into a Batman stalk-‘em-up. Which, come to think of it, sounds amazing.

Also, Aliens: Colonial Marines. Just in case you really hate yourself.

Two activation licenses for Windows will apparently cost $40 in the US or €35 in the rest of the world, not counting local tax, which once again proves that nobody knows how exchange rates work.

You can have a look at a couple of videos below – one showing a bunch of games working in it, and another showing how those extra features – like the virtual keyboard –  work. If you fancy buying it, you can do so here, and you can see the current list of supported games here.

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