Team Fortress 2 is Oculus Rift's first game

Valve confirms class-based free-to-play shooter first game to officially support virtual reality technology.

Valve's class-based free-to-play shooter Team Fortress 2 will be the first officially supported Oculus Rift title, the developer confirmed to Engadget today. "VR Mode" will be available to gamers through an update expected to be delivered "sometime within the next couple of weeks."

"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," Valve programmer Joe Ludwig said.

"Everybody" will not include Mac or Linux Team Fortress 2 players right away, Ludwig said. He explained that Valve does not have a Mac or Linux software development kit (SDK) from the Oculus team yet.

"But once we get those, we'll get it ported over to those other platforms," Ludwig said.

Valve will hold two virtual reality-themed talks during the Game Developers Conference next week. Ludwig will present "What We Learned Porting Team Fortress 2 to Virtual Reality," which will detail the company's efforts to get the free-to-play game running in virtual reality goggles.

Additionally, Valve's Michael Abrash will speak more generally about virtual reality in a discussion titled "Why Virtual Reality is Hard (And Where it Might be Going)." This talk will touch on why virtual reality technologies could become more mainstream in the near future.

The Oculus Rift rose to prominence last year, when its Kickstarter campaign smashed its $250,000 target on its first day, ending with $2.4 million from more than 9,500 backers. A copy of Doom 3: BFG Edition was promised to backers, but this promotion was recently scuttled, with supporters able to receive a refund.

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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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jorge69696
jorge69696

Glad to see Valve supporting the future.

Halloll
Halloll

Oculus would be great for a driving game or a flight sim but diffidently not for a fast multiplayer shooter.

VintAge68
VintAge68

Hope this also implies including some new *female* soldier types in the game .... =`]

CloWnCircus
CloWnCircus

Unless they have some clever mechanics for the neck\body rotation and independent gun (aiming separated from looking around) this won't be very practical, unless you're the star from The Exorcist. 

wumpscutnut
wumpscutnut

So Doom 3 isn't going to be the Rift's first game I see... that's kind of lame. I love TF2, play it all the time. But Doom 3 would have been a really immersive game to showcase a VR headset. Oh well, rocket jumping with bulky VR headset on will still be cool ;)

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

This thing is gonna be a trip when used with flight sims.... Who am I kidding? it'll be awesome with everything... except 2D platformers I guess >.>

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

So, wearing a 3D glasses was to weird and cumbersome, but, some how, wearing a VR gear is cool. Go figure.

marzipanwarrior
marzipanwarrior

TF2 might seem like a letdown, but remember we are only in the early prototype stage of the Oculus Rift's life. The thing gives you actual virtual reality. A quick look at reactions on YouTube will show you how mind-blowing it is. GDC next week will be tight. They have the newest tweaked model with bigger screen, some secret killer apps, and who knows what else, all on kiosks for everyone to try. Get your fire extinguishers ready, this thing's gonna be hot. Now ship mine already!

TwilightPhoenix
TwilightPhoenix

I don't know about you, but while virtual reality sounds awesome and all, I'd rather not get to "fully experience" being set on fire, shot by rockets, smacked by baseball bats, or getting covered in jarate.  That just sounds a tad bit unpleasant.

kolz4ever
kolz4ever

Well who really cares about 5-10 people at most on other trash OS's to be honest? Yeah you retards can go on and on about bitching about the wonderful world of windows but yet we get to play EVERY game on release day unlike you nubs with community os's like linux and trash mac. Booyah!

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

Wasn't Doom 3: Duct Tape edition supposed to be released already compatible back in December? Or did they cut that?

catsimboy
catsimboy

Wear a special techno-hat to play a game about wearing hats!

Liam_Eibach
Liam_Eibach

I hope I don't upset anyone...

I really don't care about this project. Technology attached to the face does not do well because it's too weird. Not in a scifi movie way but it handicaps our senses. These products never really do well after the novelty phase wears off.

LtCmdrShepard
LtCmdrShepard

Get a good game working with it that isnt one of your stale recycled ones valve and ill consider buying

Sorciere_basic
Sorciere_basic

Get Skyrim or Arma 3 working with it and then I'll buy one.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

Well it would be, bloody Valve breaking my bank again.

Bregzeinkul
Bregzeinkul

Team Fortress, Valve's tester of everything.

Which is surprisingly a good thing.

Shaz_gamer
Shaz_gamer

Those three people are said to be extremely excited at its arrival.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

Valve is truly the leading edge of gaming and supporting innovative tech. I have heard a lot of good things about the Rift and if Gabe and the gang are already jumping on the Rift train than I can see this thing actually being, well a....'thing'.

Now add Rift support for Lead 4 Dead and Protal then wait for News headlines of something along the lines of " New VR tech with Left 4 Dead support causing mass heart attacks around the globe". Screw Doom BFG support.


jinzo9988
jinzo9988

I'm interested in the thing.  I think it would be a lot of fun.

vault-boy
vault-boy

Wait a minute. The Oculus Rift is, in a way, a hat. Doesn't this mean that we will be wearing our expensive hats while we play a game where our characters are wearing expensive hats at the same time? 

unreal101
unreal101

I'll get one when/if it supports Amnesia: The Dark Descent. That actually might be worth the asking price.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

gimmicky garbage that no one asked for and no one wants

keep the gimmicks on consoles please

gimmick gimmick gimmick, that's my favorite word

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

I'm really pulling for the OR.  I would love to finally have an awesome VR peripheral and this looks like the one.

Also, I'll bet the headset becomes an in-game hat...

vault-boy
vault-boy

@ClaudiusCaesar I think it was more about how 3D movies barely ever work. I saw Life of Pi in 3D and I'm so damn happy I did because it just makes it so much more cool visually (not to say that's the only good thing about it). I bet people would be more open to the idea of 3D movies if they were all done right.

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

@ClaudiusCaesar Odd how that works, but I'm guessing the reason is because the OR will provide enough of jump to the immersion value of a game to be worth it. Plus, 3D glasses don't do head tracking.

sephsplace
sephsplace

@kolz4ever wait until a closed windows, then innovation will seem like a distant memory, open platforms are the only way to go imo. for AAA games atm you will have to duel boot, but hopefully it wont be like this forever.

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

@Liam_Eibach Yeah like these "headset" dealies that some people use online. They're never going to take off.

ZERO_X02
ZERO_X02

@Liam_Eibach You know glasses are technology, right? Night vision goggles? Gas masks/ respirators? Any dental equipment? Helmets?

You don't really seem to have thought this out. There's plenty of face-bound tech that has acceptance in the world, just nothing with a screen yet, and that's because we've only been tinkering with screens for about a century. New tech needs development and refinement, and this product appears to have achieved a level of refinement that we haven't seen before.

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

@Sorciere_basic Arma will probably be a given, seeing as it has support for head tracking devices already, so doing it with the Oculus should be simple.

oflow
oflow

@vault-boy ya there will be a hat for wearing a hat while wearing a hat.

Yo dog, I heard you like hats?

oflow
oflow

@Spartan_418 you underestimate the power of the desire for nerds to see virtual boobs....

paul120987
paul120987

@Spartan_418 Actually A LOT of people are asking for it. Also practically everyone who has tried the Rift has said it is clearly the future of gaming. Do your research before you make stupid statements in future.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@vault-boy I also liked Life of Pi, but the colors amde a lager impression on me than the 3d-effects. The Hobbit's High Frame version coupled with 3d was very impressive and it felt like it was 3D the whole time, not just "Oh, a kind of 3D effect just appeared on the screen". 

It'd be fun if you could tell which players used the Oculus Rift in TF2 by noticing whether they stand still, stare and turn around on the spot or not. Like they're thinking "Woah, awesome" and then they get killed by someone who's not wow:ed by the technology :P.

Orgil220
Orgil220

@jeremyc99999 just look at his icon and his name

Saketume
Saketume

@paul120987 @Spartan_418 Aw man! Many years ago I tried some luxurious Sony TV glasses. Having them on made it look like an enourmous TV screen was hanging 3 meters in front of me in mid air and it was awesome. I can only imagine how cool the OR will be.

It's one gimmick I definitely want.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@vault-boy Seriously?

I've probably been here a lot longer than you, kid.

Learn to recognize trolling.

I'm actually pretty excited for Oculus Rift, the intent of my comment was to point out how PC gamers constantly scream "gimmick" when it comes to things like PS Move and Kinect yet they seem ok with this thing.