DICE eyes up Oculus Rift for Frostbite engine

Virtual reality and 3D goggles have been seen as something of a joke for positively yonks, but the Oculus Rift seems to be changing opinions. Industry figures including John Carmack, Valve's Michael Abrash, and Cliff Bleszinski have all endorsed it, and now DICE is giving it a good looking-over. The Battlefield 3 developer wants to investigate Oculus Rift support in Frostbite, its engine which also powers games from Dragon Age 3 to the new Command & Conquer.

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Virtual reality and 3D goggles have been seen as something of a joke for positively yonks, but the Oculus Rift seems to be changing opinions. Industry figures including John Carmack, Valve's Michael Abrash, and Cliff Bleszinski have all endorsed the VR headset, and now DICE is giving a good looking-over. The Battlefield developer wants to investigate Oculus Rift support in Frostbite, its engine which also powers games from Dragon Age 3 to the new Command & Conquer.

DICE is looking for a master thesis student to investigate and work on Oculus Rift support in the Frostbite engine, which sent 3D advocacy and certification group Meant to be Seen to DICE creative director Frank Vitz for answers.

"It should be awesome. BF3 in [Stereoscopic 3D] works great and our current version of the engine has all of that support still," Vitz told MTBS (via Eurogamer). "There are multiple titles in the works that would be awesome with the Rift."

The issue DICE wants a master intern to work on, is not simply supporting Rift in Frostbite, which DICE expects to be "pretty straight forward and quick," but "how to make it work really well." If it can look as good as this VR mod for Half-Life 2, yes please.

He explained, "You and I both know how tricky 3D can be with different kinds of game play cameras. I have worked with several VR headsets in the past and they all fell short."

Vitz says DICE's internal community is "eager to work on" the Rift, with "at least four kits on order." Oculus should start shipping dev kits soon, which are prototypes for the finished consumer product. Gosh, it might actually catch on.

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    March 6, 2013 12:15 PM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, DICE eyes up Oculus Rift for Frostbite engine.

    Virtual reality and 3D goggles have been seen as something of a joke for positively yonks, but the Oculus Rift seems to be changing opinions. Industry figures including John Carmack, Valve's Michael Abrash, and Cliff Bleszinski have all endorsed it, and now DICE is giving it a good looking-over. The Battlefield 3 developer wants to investigate Oculus Rift support in Frostbite, its engine which also powers games from Dragon Age 3 to the new Command & Conquer.

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      March 6, 2013 12:23 PM

      Huh, I guess it's time to actually find out what the F an 'Oculus Rift' is. I swear I've thought it was a cheeseball name for some kind of RPG title for like, months, since I first saw the name somewhere.

      Oh it's a VR headset. With a terrible name.

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        March 6, 2013 12:26 PM

        It looks like an AMAZING VR headset.

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          March 6, 2013 12:27 PM

          I'll let you guys know late April......over a month away :-(

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            March 6, 2013 12:29 PM

            Don't go, you might never want to come back from the...Oculus Rift!

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              March 6, 2013 3:12 PM

              I'm sure I'll spend a lot of time walking around the demos. Hopefully some quick indie games will be out by late april.

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        March 6, 2013 12:38 PM

        The hell is wrong with the name? It's unique and generally applicable to the device.

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          March 6, 2013 12:48 PM

          Kinda sounds like a character in Rome the tv show about ...rome

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          March 6, 2013 1:01 PM

          I don't think the word 'rift' belongs anywhere near your vision or your eyes, visuals, or technology.

          It's nonsensical at best (maybe it's an inside-joke-ish reference to some aspect of the technology, but then that's self-serving and not for the consumer or audience at all), and negative at worst... a 'vision chasm'? a 'ragged split' in your sight? Ehhh... a 'break in friendly relations between your eyeballs'?

          and it's using two words I already associate elsewhere in gaming, in a gaming context. The 'oculus' makes me think of a sort of crappy WoW instance, and Rift is already a game in and of itself.

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            March 6, 2013 1:04 PM

            Oculus rift is an anagram for Foul Citrus.

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            March 6, 2013 2:00 PM

            I think you're overthinking this way too much. It's a cool sounding name that no one else is using.

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            March 6, 2013 7:55 PM

            You really give a shit about the name? Is it a better product if it has a different name? come on now.

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      March 6, 2013 12:49 PM

      Do you have to run games at 120 fps for this to work, (60 fps for each eye)? If so, wouldn't you need a valcan_s setup to enjoy playing the latest games?

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        March 6, 2013 1:04 PM

        No, you'd need a "son of valcan_s" setup to enjoy them.

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        March 6, 2013 1:09 PM

        It's a single 1280x800 display with two images, but yeah you need totally solid 60fps with vsync. Anything less and nausea is amuch bigger risk.

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        March 6, 2013 4:14 PM

        they are targeting stereoscopic 120FPS initially, which means 60FPS per eye(GPU has to draw 2 separate images for a very big combined resolution)
        For eventual standard consumer experience stereoscopic 240FPS is minimal target.

        This is an enthusiast thing for sure, anything less and it's not VR anymore.

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          March 6, 2013 4:33 PM

          Yeah the consumer version will be more demanding with at the very least higher res, I hope they do end up getting a 120hz for it.

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          March 6, 2013 8:00 PM

          Well, sorta. The GPU outputs a single image at 60fps (each eye's image, side by side) that the rift then adjusts via lenses.

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      March 6, 2013 1:15 PM

      YES!!!!!!

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      March 6, 2013 2:37 PM

      It will be yonks before it gets released. I want this thing like yonkerday.