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Interested in building your own VR rig? Here’s mine. Here are components I bought. Once you are done with checking out VorpX, try surfing the virtual reality web!)

Want to play old games in VR with your Oculus Rift?  Check out the free option first (Vireio Perception) and if this is too fiddly then check out vorpX.  At the time of writing, this was still in beta and the guys on the vorpX forum are trying hard to convince Ralf from VorpX to release the beta early to developers.  Looks like there will be a sale price of $40 for this, but am sure that this is subject to change.  Here’s an extract from the vorpX forum:

“So, let’s start with a short introduction for those who are new to vorpX:

vorpX is a 3D-driver with many special features geared towards VR-headsets that are similar to the Oculus Rift. As with all drivers that try to bring older games to the Rift, vorpX won’t give you the full experience of games designed for the Rift, but it definitely aims at the best possible experience you can get with existing software. This is accomplished by various features that go beyond just making a game 3D.

Here are the basics:

vorpX supports DirectX9, 10 and 11 titles. About 50 games are supported in stereoscopic 3D already, including Crysis, Bioshock, Skyrim, Fallout 3, COD: Black Ops and many, many more. Even more games than those 50 will run without stereoscopic 3D, but everything else. Which is more than one might think.

Stereoscopic 3D is created by using a games depth-buffer instead of rendering everything twice. The main advantage of this is high performance (max. performance loss 10%, often less, compared to usually somewhat more than 50% with ‘conventional’ 3d-drivers). 60fps guaranteed at all times even with high AA settings on mid range hardware. This is very important for the Rift. Some games additionally have a ‘classic’ 3D creation mode.”

Cymatic Bruce checks out BioShock with vorpX below:


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