Valve’s Team Fortress 2 is Oculus Rift’s first game, free ‘VR Mode’ update coming soon
We’ve known for some time now that Valve was working on virtual reality support for its perpetually updated free-to-play shooter, Team Fortress 2. The company’s even giving a duo of talks at the upcoming Game Developer’s Conference on the difficulties of game development for virtual reality. What we didn’t know, however, is that said support is also headed to consumers as “VR Mode,” and it’ll get pushed to PC Team Fortress 2 players “sometime within the next couple of weeks.” But how will you play it? Simple: Team Fortress 2 is the Oculus Rift’s first official game.
Valve programmer Joe Ludwig revealed as much during a recent visit Engadget paid to the Bellevue, Wash.-based game company. “This is a mode that everybody who has a Rift dev kit and access to Team Fortress 2 will be able to play, just on public and in the same servers that everybody else is playing in,” Ludwig said. Of course, “everybody” doesn’t include Mac or Linux TF2 players just yet. “We don’t have a Mac or Linux SDK from Oculus quite yet, but once we get those, we’ll get it ported over to those other platforms,” he explained. Oculus tells us those SDKs are coming. “The Oculus SDK will only support Windows at launch, but we plan to add support for OS X and Linux as quickly as possible. It’s just a matter of time,” Oculus VP of product Nate Mitchell says.
We’ll have more from our visit to Valve in the coming hours, so keep an eye out!
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By Ben Gilbert