Engadget got to tour the Valve offices last week to get a look at how development for virtual reality support was coming along.
Valve will be pushing an update to players in the "next couple of weeks" that will create a VR mode for Team Fortress 2. Anyone with a Rift dev kit and access to the game will be able to play it now, in the same servers everyone else in the public plays in. Initially this will only be on PC, but will be coming to Mac OS X and Linux platforms in the future.
Joe Ludwing, Valve programmer, felt that the Team Fortress game was the obvious first choice for this project.
The Team Fortress community is large and healthy. There are millions of people playing TF every week, but they're also used to us shipping a lot of updates.
Ludwig also said they are working on VR support for their other games as well, having already tested it a bit in Left 4 Dead and Half-Life 2, though he added they were no where near a point of being ready to ship.
The Oculus Rift is a VR headset that was successfully funded with Kickstarter and will ship to supporters in April. Pre-Orders are already available on the Oculus Rift website. You can check out the kickstarter video and longer panel video from SXSW below.
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Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea. Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California. When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead. Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim. If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: www.jeremyshane.info for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.
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