Oculus Rift is Coming: 'But For What Games?' You Might Ask

Hands down the future of gaming. What games will be able to use this?

Oculus Rift is one the most anticipated gaming devices of all time, and how could you argue with that? I can't think of a single person who wouldn't be excited to try it.  It's the first real step into legitimate virtual reality.  Everything prior was just not up to reality standards, but the Oculus though is a different story.  You get a 110 degree field of view rather than the previous 40 degrees and there is almost no latency, where previous devices had a large amount of latency.

In order to use this for any game, the developers have to set it up. So everyone is wondering, what will be compatible with this device?  Because of how insanely amazing this technology is, many developers are jumping on board very quickly.  There are only a few games fully compatible already, but there are quite a few in development:

Fully Compatible

In progress, get excited:

  • 0x10c
  • Doom 3
  • Doom 4
  • Dream
  • Fract OSC
  • The Gallery: Six Elements
  • iRacing
  • Kairo
  • Miner Wars 2081
  • Minecraft
  • Montague's Mount
  • Montas
  • Quterra
  • Phoenix RC
  • Positron
  • Project CARS
  • Rawbots
  • Receiver
  • rFactor 2
  • Rift Rush(Platformer exclusive to Oculus Rift)
  • Rogue System
  • Routine
  • Star Citizen
  • Strike Suit Zero
  • Sinful Robot
  • Wishful Lie
  • ZED Absolution

Then there is Vireio Perception.  This is a driver that allows a few more games to be fully or partially compatible.  The games compatible with this are:

  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Half-Life 2
  • Portal 2
  • Skyrim
  • Mirror's Edge
  • AaAaAA
  • Unreal Tournament 3
  • Dear Esther
  • and DiRT 2

There is a similar driver program called VorpX which gives yet another list of compatible or partially compatible games:

  • BioShock Infinite
  • Fallout 3
  • Oblivion
  • Half-Life 2
  • Flight Simulator X
  • rFactor
  • COD: Black Ops
  • Crysis
  • and Far Cry

I give it a year or two before every game is developed with compatibility to Oculus Rift, excluding games with game play that just isn't conceivable with VR; like third person.  However, VorpX has begun making it work with third person--which just makes no sense, but from testaments I've seen thus far it works and works better than you'd ever expect.

One last note: There is a process with a crazy name I would never try to spell, but you put electrodes behind your ear that can then stimulate your inner ear, which is where your balance comes from.  So basically they are working on being able to simulate the feeling of being upside down when in reality, you're not moving.  It's still in an extremely primitive testing stage and is unreliable, but think about that for a second--not only in a virtual reality in your vision, but being able to feel the G forces that come with flying a jet...  All while sitting on your couch.

The future is upon us!

Master O' Bugs

Hi everyone! I'm Brian Schaaf, keeper of bug reports and calmer of the GameSkinnians! I also play too many games. Lets play something, betcha I'll win.

Published Apr. 15th 2013
  • Butters_8168
    Third Person in the Oculus Rift does make sense. It's maybe counter-intuitive, but it just works well. It's like being the cameraman on the scene, you can look at things you maybe wouldn't see with a more limited camera, etc. 3rd person driving feels very natural.
    There will surely be some compatible major titles that will be announced with the release of the consumer Rift. I'm pretty confident Titanfall will be natively compatible on PC at launch. Now that would be something to be hyped about :)
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    I guess I just never thought of it that way, great point. I like that, being the camera man on the scene.
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    Well there's also Skyrim, Oblivion, Mirror's Edge, BioShock Infinite, and Crysis. Those would be incredible with VR. But I agree a little disappointing. This is very new technology and I give it a few years before lots more are on this list.
  • KonradGamez
    Featured Contributor
    Only two big games on the list. I'm kind of disappointed to be honest. Minecraft and Team Fortress 2.

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