VorpX makes games compatible with 3D, Oculus Rift

VorpX makes a lot of games compatible with Rift

Oculus Rift enthusiasts may want to take note of VorpX, a 3D driver that is planned to allow Rift users to play a games that don't officially support the device. Although the price and release date for the final version of the software have not been announced, the beta version is available for $43.99 and includes updates up until a future 2.0 version.

VorpX offers a few features to help make games that weren't developed for the Rift actually playable on the device. For instance, using its "edge peek" feature by clicking and holding a mouse's scroll wheel will allow players to look at the edges of the displayed picture while it's locked into a static view. Letting go of the wheel will re-associate camera control with the movement of a player's head.

The product's website also compares the two modes VorpX uses to create a 3D effect. The "Z-buffer" mode favors performance over visuals, trading a weaker depth perception for an "almost guaranteed" 60Hz. Those that have the hardware for it can opt for "Geometry 3D" mode, which improves the depth perception in some games but runs at "roughly half the speed" of the "Z-buffer" mode. Not every game will be able to use both modes.

An official list of supported games will be published on the VorpX site before release, but support for "about 50 games" is planned for the software's first release. These plans include The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Dishonored, Mirror's Edge, Bioshock Infinite and Fallout 3.