Team Fortress 2 will be the Oculus Rift's first official game

By on March 19, 2013, 8:30 AM

Team Fortress 2 will be the first official game to support the Oculus Rift according to Valve programmer Joe Ludwig. The company is planning to release an update that will allow gamers to play in VR mode sometime within the next couple of weeks.

During a recent tour of Valve’s offices, Ludwig told Engadget that anyone with an Oculus Rift dev kit will be able to play Team Fortress 2 alongside other gamers in public servers. It’s worth pointing out, however, that “everybody” only includes Windows gamers for the time being. The programmer said they don’t have a Mac or Linux SDK from Oculus just yet but once it arrives, they will get it ported over to other platforms.

The Oculus SDK will only support Windows when it launches but OS X and Linux versions will arrive as quickly as possible thereafter, according to Nate Mitchell, VP of product at Oculus.

Meanwhile, Valve will host two virtual reality-themed chats during the Game Developers Conference next week. It’s here that Ludwig will give a speech titled “What We Learned Porting Team Fortress 2 to Virtual Reality” which will chronicle the steps necessary to get the game running on the Oculus Rift.

Valve’s Michael Abrash will host a separate talk titled “Why Virtual Reality is Hard (And Where it Might be Going)” which as the title suggests, will be a more general talk on the subject. Abrash will also touch on why such technologies could become mainstream in the not-too-distant future. GDC 2013 kicks off on March 25 and runs through the 29th in San Francisco.




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TS-56336 TS-56336 said:

If only I could afford a Rift.... A minimum wage cashier at Wendy's does not satisfy a gamer's thirst.

HiDDeNMisT HiDDeNMisT said:

If only I could afford a Rift.... A minimum wage cashier at Wendy's does not satisfy a gamer's thirst.

I hear you man.

JC713 JC713 said:

TF 2 doesnt even look good on a regular PC... just add virtual reality and you have Garbage 2 :p .

HiDDeNMisT HiDDeNMisT said:

TF 2 doesnt even look good on a regular PC... just add virtual reality and you have Garbage 2 :p .

WoW, is the game that bad

2 people like this | LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

If only I could afford a Rift.... A minimum wage cashier at Wendy's does not satisfy a gamer's thirst.

Don't worry - I'll enjoy it enough for the both of us

HiDDeNMisT HiDDeNMisT said:

Don't worry - I'll enjoy it enough for the both of us

Ive heard bad things about rift tho. I want to play another MMO thats now WoW but so far im not impressed with any of them at all.

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

You've confused me HM... not sure if you were trollin' or not

1 person liked this | jeffz6 said:

That man dosnt look very happy, maybe he was just caught looking at virtual porn through the Rift

HiDDeNMisT HiDDeNMisT said:

You've confused me HM... not sure if you were trollin' or not

I'm not trollin' at all.

That man dosnt look very happy, maybe he was just caught looking at virtual porn through the Rift

LMAO

MrAnderson said:

I was sooo looking forward to Doom 3 BFG on rift

I hope they do HL2 and HL2 Episodes following... give new life to the games.

Come on ID Software let's get that BFG out, and perhaps Bethesda will give us some Skyrim... I can dream.

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