Half-Life 2 adds official Oculus Rift support

Valve updates iconic first-person shooter to work with VR headset; new fan mods show Oculus support for Minecraft and Skyrim.

Valve has released an official update for Half-Life 2 that adds Oculus Rift support to the iconic first-person shooter. The update also adds support for SteamPipe, the platform's new content distribution system.

Valve programmer Joe Ludwig, who has led virtual reality development at the company, announced the news in the Oculus Rift forums this week (via Polygon). He cautioned that the port is "more raw" than a similar update for Team Fortress and that fan feedback would be appreciated.

"This port is a bit more raw than [Team Fortress 2] was when it shipped, so we would appreciate hearing about any bugs you find. Just like in [Team Fortress 2], this mode is experimental, so we really want to hear what you think."

Known issues in the Oculus Rift update for Half-Life 2 include the heads-up display being "dim and hard to read," and the "zoom UI shows up in a quad in the middle of the screen instead of on the edges of the screen."

Valve added Oculus Rift support for Team Fortress 2 in March, making it the virtual reality headset's first officially supported game.

Half-Life 2 is not the only game to now work with Oculus Rift. A modder this week posted videos to YouTube (via Kotaku) showing off how the worlds of Minecraft and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim look using the virtual reality technology.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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petez34
petez34

omg what is that shit? Will it come with a barf bag?

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

why am i not surprised. I knew valve would support this technology they have their heads screwed on unlike most companies.

johnbesi
johnbesi

can't wait to try this but watching the videos it needs couple of years to perfect it for sure.

playing half life 3 with a dts x headphones on ,would be awesome 


soheil_m
soheil_m

I can't imagine playing Half-Life 2 with Oculus Rift !! That's gotta be Amazing !1

franzito
franzito

What so fun about mods anyway..?

Prats1993
Prats1993

2003: EyeToy, 2006: Wii motion controller, 2010: Kinect/Playstation move, 2014?: Oculus Rift/VR.

-Ladies and gentlemen, a chronology of useless gimmicks in the games industry.

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

I can't wait to see the reaction when Valve announces Half-Life 3.

In 20 years...

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

I'm still waiting for the "Playstation 4 Supports Oculus Rift" headline... i'd quite literally jump for joy (and yes, that was the proper use of literally internet! I would physically jump!) 

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

Valve, the must successful troll company of all time.


(I love seeing the Episode 3 reactions to Valve updates)

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

Dear Valve, if you can't give us a Episode 3, then make a Episode 2.5 so we can have something to do.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

Seems like all Valve cares about now is Steam. We haven't got any word on a new game for over a year now. I know that it takes time, but they could at least reveal it at some point?

SolidBALLz
SolidBALLz

where the fuck is Half Life 3!!!! i dont care about this stupid update i want half life 3!!!!!!

WayneL23
WayneL23

In other news, gamers still anticipate the release of half life 3.....

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

There may still be hope for next Half Life game . I mean it's not like that Valve can't make more than 2 games of same franchise because we already have more than 2 Half Life games (HL and it's different versions like Blue Shift etc , HL 2 , HL 2 Episode 1 , HL 2 Episode 2) . There is still hope for something like Half Life Revelations or Half Life Episode 2 Aftermath Part 1 and 2 may be :-P

mark_unix
mark_unix

paying $300 for a gimmick (severe brain damage)

tionmedon
tionmedon

need 3d viewing on one screen too distracting ................................fap it...........

FET4LJUICE
FET4LJUICE

Half Life 2 + Oculus Rift + theoretical Oculus Rift support for Half Life 3 = Half Life 3 Confirmed!!

shoam_96
shoam_96

Dear Valve,

Y U NO CONFIRM HALF LIFE 3 ?!?!?1

bfmv2007
bfmv2007

Not interested in any half life news unless the title contains somewhere in the title "Half-Life: Episode 3" or "Half-Life 3"

mark_unix
mark_unix

If this were such a HUGE thing and billions of people were waiting for this: why hasn't Sony/Microsoft/Apple/Google/Dell/HP/Asus/LG/Samsung or anyone else with half a brain jumped on this and released a product quickly? 

and all those companies could have released a product yesterday at half the cost, but they don't because it's a nickle&dime market.

TheWarscent
TheWarscent

@Prats1993 If you think VR is a gimmick youll be blown away once you try one of these on yourself.

mrklorox
mrklorox

@Prats1993 Something tells me you're not old enough to remember the introduction of the analog stick to console gaming via the N64. People thought that was a gimmick too. Time will prove the value of various technologies like it always does. Do you actually think games will be no more than 16 buttons and 2 sticks played on a TV for the rest of your life?

Wolfie_T
Wolfie_T

@Prats1993 I disagree.  I don't see @OculusRift making it out the gate at all, despite the marketing drivel that feathers632 peddles.  Couple that with the fact that makes it a "bit unfriendly with glasses" you have a recipe for a product that's uncomfortable to use for most of the people that would buy it.

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

@grey_fox1984 They are already making it for consoles... Would be stupid not to include the PS4.

feathers632
feathers632

@MatrixGamer78 You're not actually making any sense.  Are you mark_unix brother? http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/half-life-2

Unparalleled positive feedback for HL2.  The game was groundbreaking in many ways and even today has one of the best single player campaigns.  You are truly stupid and adding a "LOL" because you think you're funny.  You're actually telling people you're stupid.

Sardinar
Sardinar

@KingofCabalBreaking news: Half life 3 Cancelled due to HEV Suit's Voice Actor dying in car crash!

Sardinar
Sardinar

@bfmv2007 You know you are. It has ... Half-life in it's title. How can you not be interested in that.

thorn3000
thorn3000

@mark_unix lol, you are going by the presumption that big companies always choose the right products which will be successful...yet that is not true, there are enough of examples in the world where for ex. that and that writer brought a film script to a film studio and they flat out declined calling it a flop...a second studio accepted it and it went on to create a great selling and iconic film....same with games, music albums, etc....could be the same with the oculus rift...not saying it will be, but never think company execs can always judge a situation correctly or predict the future correctly, cos' simply, they can't...

feathers632
feathers632

@mark_unixhttp://www.sony.co.uk/hub/personal-3d-viewer

And to give you a further lesson my vacuous little dweeb >>  HMD's are also being used now by RC pilots who can fly their RC aircraft wearing the HMD.

There are a number of big corporations making HMD but the difference is that Oculus aims to make HD VR affordable and although you may hate and detest anything other than a flat TV and shitty games console... there are countless people who really want VR.  

feathers632
feathers632

@mark_unix Because the tech was too expensive 10 years ago.  The reason Luckey is making it now is because HD displays exist at reasonable prices.  Get your facts straight.  Sony are still making HMD as are other companies.  The difference is Luckey wants to pull it down from the high end market to a level everyone can afford.  How old are you unix?  You seem to be pretty clueless.

mrklorox
mrklorox

@Scorchstar@grey_fox1984I feel Oculus won't be a console mainstay until the NEXT next generation. The main reason it won't catch on this next generation is because Sony stupidly went with the touchpad controller instead of the splittable dualshock/move hybrid controller they patented. 

There are THREE things that need discreet independent movement: Head (Oculus), Torso (right thumbstick), and Aim (controller motion trackability). Oculus would be best once aim is detached from character torso orientation, in addition to the separation of torso orientation from head orientation that it already offers. Being able to aim your controller like a virtual gun at a dude will feel infinitely better than trying to manipulate a floating crosshair with your thumb while you're keeping an eye out for flanking enemies.

Sure, I suppose there's still a chance Microsoft will unveil a splittable dual-wieldable full functionality controller that Kinect2 can track; but I doubt it since their main competition (Sony) isn't using something similar.

The second reason is because the Oculus is still in its infancy. It's still lacking many major features. Not the least of which are panning trackability, an external camera setup, or a reasonable resolution for actually playing games that have text in them.

Stereoparalax
Stereoparalax

@Badboy2008s @mindfreak4563 I suppose that someday an alien race will stumble upon our dead planet, find Valve headquarters, and acquire HL3 still unrealeased. I guess at that point you wonder whether they feel more sympathy for the humans or the combine aliens.

mark_unix
mark_unix

@feathers632 I am probably older than you are. and know the majority of regular people don't fucking care.

WickedCalm
WickedCalm

@mrklorox @Scorchstar @grey_fox1984 If they could cut the production of the boomerang controller for the ps3, they could very well do the same for the ps4. though I have a feeling we won't be as lucky this time.. I wonder what made Sony realize they were about to release a fail controller for the ps3.. gamespot poll?

feathers632
feathers632

@mark_unix You see that's the thing about me...  I don't actually give a shit if 70%, 80%, 90% of the world hate something.  In this case it's utter bollocks.  Oculus kickstarter proves the demand.  You miss the point though... not everyone has to play VR.  Even if it was a niche market for 10%... doesn't matter one flying feck... So let that 10% use it.  Or are you trying to say the 10% should not be using it too?  I don't give a feck if you use crystal meth... so long as you don't get in my face.

feathers632
feathers632

@mark

I'm special cos I'm not the 90% you claim hates VR remember?  That alone makes me special because I'm in the 10% bracket.  You like being a mindless sheep?

mark_unix
mark_unix

@feathers632 @mark_unix you can no longer provide an argument, so you just go around calling everyone you disagree with troll? 

you must be really special.

feathers632
feathers632

@mark_unix @feathers632 That's 3 things already cnuntish troll.

You hate VR, you hate Ouya, you hate 3d glasses.

feathers632
feathers632

@mark_unix @feathers632 I dont have to prove there's a market for it you arrogant cnut.  Oculus kickstarter is proof enough as is the fact that sony is still making their HMD.  It's nothing personal.  I'm attacking the dweeb persona you're projecting.  I don't know if you're really this dumb offline and it's nothing personal.  You just come here hating everything and thinking you can force your view that everything is shit and worthless.  I don't like your negativity because I'm someone that's very open to immersive gaming.

mark_unix
mark_unix

@feathers632  @mark_unix it's not my opinion, you just can't prove there is a market for it.

and instead you just vier towards personal attacks, because you're not that grown-up yourself.

feathers632
feathers632

@mark_unix @feathers632 Limited uses because you hate it.  Although your super ego may tell you otherwise... you do not represent 90% of the world's population.  You are but one sour little cnut who hates everything.  Thus ultimately it doesn't matter how much you try to convince others that HMD's are the worst thing ever.  No doubt you still bitch endlessly about being breast-fed too?

TheWarscent
TheWarscent

@mark_unix @feathers632 The point of the Rift isn't about a viable market of mainstreamers. Its about getting REAL VR to hardcore gamers that understand its potential to change gaming forever. As innovative as this tech is, it wont take long before casual gamers get their minds blown from trying some hardcore PC gamers Rift set for the first time.

The world market has NO interest in fast paced innovation whatsoever due to money invested in standardized development. They release their tech as slow as possible to reap the most gain. Thats why the console market is just now releasing next-gen systems with outdated PC hardware.  Oculus bypasses this stagnant mess.

kalipekona
kalipekona

@mark_unix @feathers632 

You do sound pretty clueless. There are tons of people interested in Oculus Rift and it hasn't even been released or advertised. So how is the mainstream even going to be aware of it?

Oculus Rift is going to be important. You'll see.

feathers632
feathers632

@mark_unix   So what's clear is that you're someone who has to do exactly what you think the majority are doing.  Missing the f*cking point aren't you cnuntish troll.  It's all about choice...  Oculus Rift isn't something everyone "must have" for gaming.  Even if it remains the smallest percentage of the gaming market... it's all about choices... you have your cnuntish hate everything choice... and others have their choice.  I don't want you telling me what you think is shit and a waste of time.  I make my own choices.  I don't need to hear some sour cnunt who only does what he thinks the masses are doing.