Oculus Rift Developer Kits To Launch with Unreal, Team Fortress 2 On Way

It’s been a busy week for Unreal Engine 3; and now, Oculus announced that it has partnered with Epic Games to release a special Unreal Development Kit (UDK) that’s ready for the Oculus Rift. It’s coming for free to all developers along with Oculus integration.

“With the Oculus-ready version of the UDK, you’ll be able to start building incredible VR experiences with the Unreal Engine toolset the moment you receive your Rift development kit (or even right now, if you’re so inclined),” said Oculus founder Palmer Luckey in a blog post.

Oculus Rift Hawken
Hawken demo with Oculus Rift

The UDK will be available from the Oculus Development Center in April, and it will include some sample levels, including one from Epic Citadel and a VR Mode in Unreal Tournament.

Epic Citadel sample

The integration optimizations will feature added roll and z-depth to shaders, optimized low-latency VR rendering, better head-tracking and z-depth with UI and videos, the ability to “head-look” during Matinee sequences, and additional console commands and configuration settings.

This is all in addition to the VR Mode that Valve announced for Team Fortress 2. Things appear to be going swimmingly for Oculus, which is impressive; the company has gone from Kickstarter campaign to legitimate company in a short amount of time.