‘Half-Life 2’ Joins Roster Of Oculus Rift-Supported Games

Posted by on May 9, 2013 at 9:59 pm


This list is growing faster than a weed in…well, my front yard; and weeds grow fast there! We’ve been following the Oculus Rift for a while now (and we will own several of them when they are released) and we’re getting more and more excited to see the ever expanding list of games which are gaining support for the upcoming virtual reality headset.

As seen over on the official developer forums for the Oculus Rift, the mega hit FPS Half-Life 2 has now joined the list of games which will be the best thing since sliced bread.

Here’s a post from the developer forums confirming that everything I’ve just told you is absolutely not something I’m just pulling out of my hindparts:

We just shipped a beta for Half-Life 2 that includes Oculus Rift support. To get it, open the properties for HL2 in Steam, set your command line to “-vr”, and opt-in to the SteamPipe beta. This should ship to everybody in a few weeks.

This port is a bit more raw than TF2 was when it shipped, so we would appreciate hearing about any bugs you find. Just like in TF2 this mode is experimental, so we really want to hear what you think.

A few known issues:

  • The zoom UI shows up in a quad in the middle of the screen instead of on the edges of the screen.
  • The HUD is dim and hard to read.

All of the convars are the same as they were in TF2 with two additions:
vr_viewmodel_offset_forward – Moves the viewmodel back so the elbows are harder to see and it feels more attached to your body.
vr_viewmodel_offset_forward_large – Same as vr_viewmodel_offset_forward, but for the Gravity Gun.

I find these convars to be useful in the game itself, so consider setting them:
hud_quickinfo 1
hud_fastswitch 2

In case you haven’t been keeping track this is, again, just one of several games which now have support for the Oculus Rift, not counting games which haven’t been released yet and are being designed to include support natively, like Star Citizen. Some of the other titles which now support this device are: Left 4 DeadLeft 4 Dead 2Mirror’s EdgePortalPortal 2, Skyrim and, as N reported earlier, Minecraft!

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