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Half-Life 2 Modded for Oculus Rift Compatibility–Head and Gun Tracking

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Posted on February 4, 2013 AT 03:43am

Modder Nathan Andrews has managed to get the Oculus Rift–a Kickstarter-funded virtual reality headset–working with Half-Life 2.

The modded version of the game allows for both head and gun tracking using the Rift headset. “This video shows a handful of scenes of me using the head and weapon tracking using two hillcrest trackers (the same ones that John Carmack used for the Doom 3 BFG demos of the early Oculus Rift prototype). This video was made using my modified HMZ-T1, but others have played it on DIY Rifts with the vireio stereo/warp drivers. The videos aren’t entirely in sync, I tried to get them as close as possible but I’m definitely no professional video editor, but the actual tracking is very responsive and accurate,” Andrews said.

The mod will work with Half-Life 2 episodes one and two, as well as The Lost Coast. You can check it out in action below.

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