Unreal Engine 4 gains Oculus Rift support

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Potentially excellent news: Epic have officially added support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to their Unreal Engine 4 technology. Considering it is Epic’s engines that power a whole slew of each year’s major releases, and their Unreal Developers Kit sits underneath a great many indie games, this could mean the majority of future games running on this tech will come with Oculus Rift support.

Shifts in hardware can only be successful if they gain the support of developers; if no developers adopt the Oculus Rift then no one will buy the headsets, and if no one buys the headsets then no one will develop for it. It’s a vicious circle.

With Epic’s support it makes it significantly easier for developers using the Unreal Engine 4 to integrate virtual reality into their games. The list of developers who have started working with Epic’s next iteration of their world famous game engine is still small but it will grow with the release of the next generation of consoles.

We already know that Zombie Studio’s horror game, Daylight, is running in Unreal Engine 4. Virtual reality horror game? Yes, please!

Cheers, Joystiq.

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