That’s right everyone. The post we covered a couple of days ago on the imminent release of some 3rd Party 3D Drivers which will be compatible with the Oculus Rift has today made its Official Release, according to MTBS3D .
This solution was made possible by Andres Hernandez (aka Cybereality, a long time moderator on the MTBS Forums) who has created the Vireio 3D Drivers to enable gamers to enjoy games not yet compatible with the Oculus Rift.
For those of you who don’t know, a 3D Driver is to gaming what a second lens is to 3D filming. You see, most of today’s games, especially DierctX titles are known as 2.5D or pseudo 3D titles, where the game character traverses a virtual 3D environment. Well, 3D drivers simply render a second virtual view of that same virtual environment with a slight change in perspective, giving the gamer a true stereoscopic gaming experience.
We have seen driver solutions of this kind with nVidia 3D Vision, DDD’s Tridef and of course iZ3D (RIP) but these drivers would not be sufficient to work with the Oculus Rift due to additional features such as head tracking as well as the funky optics. This is where Cybereality comes in. His Drivers, (which are Open Source and Free) also WARP the stereoscopic game views in order to take full advantage of the High Field of View achieved with the OR.
This must have been quite some feat considering Cybereality HAS NO PROTOTYPE to test this on, he is basing it all the available OR specs as well as a dash of his own cunning. Understandably, Cybereality is unable to dedicate all his time and attention to the project, which is why he has made it open source. The bright sparks over on MTBS3D will no doubt be able to work wonders with this Driver and it will be exciting times for gamers everywhere! These drivers will of course work with the Oculus Rift Dev Kits due to ship in March, but on top of that they will also support the DIY Oculus Rift!
There is a dedicated forum for the development of the drivers which can be found here which already has a huge amount of interesting discussions throughout and the below message can be found on the MTBS3D website:
For those trying these drivers out for the first time, please be aware of the following:
1. The drivers and source code are provided as is. MTBS and the drivers’ authors will not be held accountable for lost data, software, hardware damage, or any direct or indirect problems associated with them.
2. The drivers are only compatible with about ten games listed in the readme file at this time.
3. The drivers are open source. Please do not try to repackage and sell them.
4. DO NOT play multiplayer games with these drivers. Anticheat programs (e.g. Punkbuster) will likely see the drivers as a form of game hacking, and have you kicked or possibly banned from games.
5. While Andres Hernandez (Cybereality) may provide initial support or guidance in our discussion forums, the software’s long term development and support will come from its committed developers and community backing.
Good luck, everyone!