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Valve adds Oculus Rift support to Source SDK

Valve adds Oculus Rift support to Source SDK

Oculus Rift support was added to Half-Life 2 and Team Fortress 2 earlier this year.

Valve has updated its Source SDK to add support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

Mod developers will now be able include virtual reality support in their projects. Head tracking and running in stereo can be accessed in virtual reality-enabled mods by including '-vr' on the command line. Valve added Oculus Rift support to Team Fortress 2 and Half-Life 2 earlier this year.

The update also continues Valve's move towards better support for Mac and Linux operating systems as it introduces the ability for mods to run on Mac OSX and Linux-based variants. Previously, mods could only be developed on the PC despite a growing number of Valve's titles being cross platform.

Some technical changes to the Source SDK have also been made. A new license is included in the update which is intended to allow mod developers to have an easier time sharing their projects, plus the manner in which the Source SDK is accessed through Steam is changing as well.

Various modding tools will be distributed with their respective games as opposed to all being delivered through a single launcher in the Tools section of Steam.

As of the Source SDK 2013 release, Valve is also hosting its source code on Github.

The Oculus Rift was a successfully funded Kickstarter project to create a virtual reality headset and is currently only available to developers. A consumer-focused Oculus Rift 2.0 is apparently in development and will sport improved head tracking, weapon tracking, wireless functionality and a 1080p resolution.

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Silver51 27th June 2013, 08:53 Quote
Oculus Rift, I want this in my life.
Corky42 27th June 2013, 09:14 Quote
Any idea when it will be available to us plebs ;)
The wiki says 2014 other sources say 2013
ya93sin 27th June 2013, 11:05 Quote
I think on the website it says new orders are expected to ship August 2013.

^^ Though that is for the development kit ($300).
runadumb 27th June 2013, 11:25 Quote
My (pleb) mate just got his 'Ready to ship' email a few days ago.

I'm holding out for either the rev 2 development version with 1080p display or the consumer version, but still, JEALOUS!
Corky42 27th June 2013, 11:53 Quote
Sorry i didn't mean any offense when i said plebs , maybe i should have asked when us commoners (non-Dev's) can get our hands on one.
Either way sorry if i offended anyone.
Parge 27th June 2013, 12:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
Sorry i didn't mean any offense when i said plebs , maybe i should have asked when us commoners (non-Dev's) can get our hands on one.
Either way sorry if i offended anyone.

I'm offended by your apology. Apologise?
Corky42 27th June 2013, 12:48 Quote
I haven't done a Non-apology apology have i...

Wow im so confused :?
Maybe i need to ask Andrew Mitchell for some help :)
runadumb 27th June 2013, 13:00 Quote
Is it me you think you offended? Not at all.
Fat Tony 27th June 2013, 17:07 Quote
I'm a pleb, and I want one, does this mean I shouldn't be non-offended?
Corky42 27th June 2013, 18:00 Quote
IDK I'm a very confused person...
Just with all the fuss over Andrew Mitchell allegedly calling a copper pleb, i thought after writing it someone may have take offense, but i guess taking offense is reserved for the police.
sub routine 28th June 2013, 07:54 Quote
Yeah. I'm a pleb and hanging out for the pleb version. They really can't hurry up enough though. My new pc will be built for one and seeing as its a q6600cpu 8800gt gfx * blush. They needa getta move on.
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