Skyrim Spotted Running on Oculus Rift VR Headset
A fellow on Youtube has been spotted running The Elders Scrolls: Skyrim on the Occulus Rift Virtual Reality headset.
User Chris Gallizi uploaded a two minute footage, which demoed the game on the Rift. The video includes a couple of sword fights against some guards and also a short demonstration of horse riding.
According to Chris, playing Skyrim on the VR headset was ‘a dream come true’, but some other people in the comments spotted out flaws that could lower the immersive aspect of the technology, such as shadows always being on the right side.
Chris also pointed out that the game’s field of view had to be increased from 100 to 110 to make everything seem appropriate.
This can be made possible by using the open source (and free) Vireio Perception driver. This driver was also used to make Left 4 Dead, Mirror’s Edge, and Half-Life 2 work on the Rift headset.
For those unaware, the Occulus Rift Virtual Reality headset is a high field-of-view high resolution mounted display currently under development by Oculus VR.
The headset is expected to run on the PC and is also being developed for the Android OS. The consumer version is expected to be priced slightly lower than the $300 mark when it is released. Currently, the developer kit itself is for $300.
The expected time of release of the consumer version is some time in 2014.