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With the release of the Oculus Rift looming in the near future http://oculusvr.com, many developers are integrating this unique device into their games. But most of the games you already have do not offer device support.

     In this instructable, I'm going to show you how you can setup your games to work with the Oculus Rift. It is one of the most simple processes, and it is worth the 5 minutes it takes to set up.

What you need:
- A computer with a decent graphics card
- TriDef 3D (Full or 14 day free trial)
- Some games
- An Oculus Rift or other VR headmount
 
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Step 1: Download TriDef

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Next you will want to download TriDef 3D (http://tridef.com) and run the installer. It should be self-explanatory, but if you run into issues, post a comment. Once it is installed, launch the application "TriDef 3D Portal"  and proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Set Up Your Games

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Now click on the button "Play 3D Games" and highlight a game from the list of supported games on your computer. Now click on the Tools Tab, go to Display Settings and choose "Side by Side (Paralell)" in the "Model" menu. Then hit the  Apply button and launch the game.

That's it! Now you can play all of your video games in the Oculus Rift VR Headmount. Enjoy and Share!
That won't do it for the Oculus Rift... The lens warps the image, the the image needs to be sort of pre-warped in such a way that it appears normal through the lenses.

Because of this, support must either be built into the program, or else you can use outside software such as NTHUSIM.
ckgarside (author)  ElectroPulse1 year ago
I've used it with the prototype, works fine.
Really? I had been lead to believe that it required some sort of warping... Hoping my $20 spent on NTHUSIM HMD wasn't spent pointlessly :) (especially since they mentioned the Oculus Rift on their page).

By the way, how well does TriDef 3D work for making changing 2D to 3D, in your experience? I haven't done much reading about TriDef, but in the past whenever I heard anything about this type of thing, it sounded like they sort of made object look flat, but layered.
ckgarside (author)  ElectroPulse1 year ago
I don't have the production Rift, but I know that all you need to build the prototype is a small screen, two lenses, some foam (or something else to make an enclosure out of), and a display controller (you can get one out of an unused computer monitor. All it dosen't have is motion tracking.

As for TriDef, I think it does an ok job of converting, but remember, 2D material wasn't exactly made to be converted to 3D. Download the 14 day trial and check it out for yourself, because everyone has different views.