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Alien: Isolation Hacked to Include Oculus Rift Support

During E3 2014 Oculus VR revealed a prototype version of the recently released sci-fi survival horror title, Alien: Isolation, with support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). Despite the title being playable with the Oculus Rift at a number of events throughout 2014, developer The Creative Assembly has stated that it wouldn’t be supporting the device at launch. While official support is possible later down the line, VR enthusiasts have already hacked the title to include support on PC.


The hack is a result of the work of a group of Reddit users that banded together earlier in the week to reintroduce Oculus Rift support to the PC version of the videogame. It didn’t take too long for the team to pull it all off and now they have included a full set of instructions which can be seen below. The unofficial support even includes positional tracking as seen in the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2).

The support is said to still have some issues, with the group still working to iron these out. The Creative Assembly or publisher SEGA is yet to comment on the group’s success. Of course, Oculus Rift hacks for PC videogames aren’t anything new, although they usually rely on third-party software to make them 3D compatible. This isn’t the case here. VRFocus will continue to follow Alien: Isolation‘s Oculus Rift support closely, reporting back with any further updates.

As written by Reddit user Wookiee81:

1) in ENGINE_SETTINGS.XML (found in the DATA folder) change the stereo options to:
<Setting name=”Stereo Mode”>
<Quality name=”Rift” precedence=”4″/>
<Quality name=”Off” precedence=”4″/>
2) Set the Oculus to extended mode.
3) In the oculus configuration utility pause the service.
4) Start the game, play and enjoy. When done, do step 5.
5) To play the game normally (revert it back to 2D), reactivate the service by opening the display mode and set it to “direct to rift” and viola.

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