Steam Adds Virtual Reality Support Category
Just as sure as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard loved playing detective on the h0lodeck, virtual reality is coming. The latest sign of our impending journey into virtual worlds comes via Steam, where you can now shop for games that include VR support.
There is still no firm release date on the consumer version of the Oculus Rift. Oculus did just receive an additional $75 million investment to push it over the hump, though, so a 2014 release seems likely. When the ermahgerd-this-thing-is-amazing device does arrive, here are the 11 (for now anyway) games you’ll be able to immediately load up on Steam and play in virtual reality (nice spot Road to VR):
No More Room in Hell
Team Fortress 2
Surgeon Simulator 2013
Strike Suit Zero
The Orange Box
AaaaaAAAAA for the Awesome
Valve Complete Pack
Of note, the Valve Complete Pack is listed, which includes CS:GO, Portal 2, Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Portal, CS, Day of Defeat, Team Fortress Classic, Half-Life, Half-Life Source, Half-Life 2 (Ep. 1 and 2), and more, but they are not all individually listed on the VR support page. We do know for sure VR support was added to Half-Life 2, though, and given that Valve has embraced VR and plans to feature it at its upcoming Steam Dev Days, it’s likely Gabe Newell and Co. are adding (or have already added) it to all of their first-person games.
So you’ve got all of the above, but that’s far from it. They may not be on the Steam VR support page, but there are 54 other games listed on the Oculus Rift Share page that developers can download right now and play with their Rift dev kits, including: Minecraft, iRacing, and Greebles. Be sure to keep an eye out for Ciess, Virtual Internet Hacker, Dumpy, Nostrum, Sight Line, Elevator Music, and Dreadhalls, as well. They are all games created for the Oculus Rift and they all won prizes at the VR Jam 2013.
There you have it. If you do plan on buying an Oculus Rift (hand thrown into the air), there’s a good chance you’ll have more games to play on it on day one than the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One combined.