Skyrim gets demoed on Oculus Rift VR headset

Apr 22, 2013
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The latest in the Elder Scrolls series of video games from Bethesda, dubbed Skyrim, has been ported over to the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. YouTube user Chris Gallizzi uploaded a two-minute-long video demoing how the game works with the new Kickstarter-funded VR goggles, and also provided a bit of details along the way.

The video itself isn't too action-packed, but it gives you an idea of what a game like Skyrim would look like through a pair of Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles. Gallizzi used Vireio Perception drivers to make the port possible, which are a set of drivers that also support Left 4 Dead, Mirror's Edge, and Half-Life 2.

Gallizzi said that he tested out the port for around eight hours and didn't experience any problems along the way, proving that triple-A video games are certainly ready for the virtual reality treatment. As far as his experience with the Oculus Rift itself, Gallizzi said he did get vertigo for a short while when dealing with high altitudes in games, but he notes that he's "a believer" when it comes to VR.

Gallizzi says that the Oculus Rift is a "step in the right direction," mentioning that it "brings something new to the living room that was only joked about in sci-fi novels." With modern video games involving only sitting on the couch and moving your thumbs (or just standing and waving your arms with Kinect or the Wii), the Oculus Rift certainly does add a new element to the video gaming experience.

[via Kotaku]


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