First-person shooter (FPS) videogames are often considered the entry-level genre for virtual reality (VR). Many expect VR to enhance the experience without consequence, though those already involved in the new medium know that this is far from the case. A few titles, however, have managed to bridge the divide without too much concern for simulator sickness, include classic id Software franchises DOOM, Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders and Hexen.
All 3 of these titles have been compatible with the Oculus Rift for some time, thanks to the GZ3Doom mod created by a fan under the name of Rotating Penguin. These unofficially endorsed adaptations have proved popular among the VR community, and as such work to keep them playable despite Oculus VR’s constant modification of the Oculus Rift SDK has been undertaken. Today, Rotating Penguin has launched the latest version of the GZ3Doom mod, allowing all fans of the 3 titles to continue playing even after updating to the latest iteration of the Oculus Rift SDK, 0.7.
As with previous versions of GZ3Doom, the mod is freely available to download via Github. VRFocus previously offered advice on how to enable DOOM, Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders and Hexen to play in VR via the ‘Mod of the Week’ feature series, and will continue to keep you updated with the latest details on the GZ3Doom mod for these titles.