The folks at Oculus VR sent a message to everyone who pre-ordered a Rift developer kit and it contains some good news and some (mildly) bad news.
The good news is the first batch of kits is almost ready to ship. Kickstarter backers have been notified they have around 24 hours to verify their shipping address.
The bad news is that DOOM 3 BFG Edition’s Oculus Rift support won’t be ready in time for the shipping date and, as such, the game will not be included with the developer kit. The game was planned as an included technology demonstration with shipping Rift kits, but apparently there is a bit more tweaking that needs to be done before the VR scarefest can commence.
Knowing their customers would be disappointed, the folks at Oculus VR have given backers three options to make up for the disappointment:
- $20 Steam Wallet credit
- $25 Oculus Store credit
- Full refund of the Oculus Rift pledge
The Steam credit is (by no coincidence, I’m sure) the same cost as DOOM 3 BFG edition, meaning a purchase of the game still won’t cost backers anything. Of course if a backer already has the game, it ends up as a free $20 credit. The Oculus store credit is nice, but right now there isn’t an Oculus VR store. Once it does open it will include things like t-shirts, developer kits, and a latency tester for software developers. Of course if you are an all-or-nothing type, you can simply get your money back and find a way to live without the Rift. I seriously doubt anyone will take this option but, hey, the internet is a strange place sometimes.
In other news, the teams at Oculus VR, Meteor, and Adhesive are hard at work to make sure Hawken’s support is top notch. The action-oriented ‘mech combat game is expected to have full support for the Rift at launch.
And finally, two very interesting projects have been underway for some time now to expand game support for the Oculus Rift through drivers. The Vireio and vorpX projects both use drivers to add Rift support to specific games which do not natively support the HMD. Vireio is open source and available now, while vorpX is commercial and currently unreleased.