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Mod of the Week: The Elder Scrolls Online

Following it’s official launch late last week The Elder Scrolls Online has been grabbing headlines across the videogames media, including here at VRFocus. However, as is the case with virtual reality (VR) technology itself, we’ll be steering in a somewhat different direction. It’s not the huge download or the subscription costs that interest VRFocus, but the ability to easily adapt the videogame for use with the Oculus Rift.

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As with last week’s ‘Mod of the Week’ article covering The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, The Elder Scrolls Online also requires that users have the TriDef 3D injection driver available. A free 14-day trial is available here, and also a mod in order to enable compatibility with the Oculus Rift. Once you have followed the installation instructions provided by TriDef restart your system and move on to the steps below. It won’t be long until you’re seeing Tamriel in a whole new light.

Set-Up

Launch the TriDef 3D Ignition program and select ‘Add Game’. The program should automatically find the shortcut to the .exe file for The Elder Scrolls Online, however should it fail to do so simply click ‘Add a game manually’ and browse for the correct file.

Visit the location of the .exe file in Windows Explorer (or your equivalent system browser) and right-click, selecting ‘Properties’. Click on the ‘Compatibility’ tab and check the ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for’ button, selecting ‘Windows XP (Service Pack 3)’ from the drop-down menu. This will enable Direct X9 support, which allows TriDef 3D to function.

Before launching The Elder Scrolls Online ensure that your background resolution is set to 1280×800 for Oculus Rift DK1 compatibility. Double-click the The Elder Scrolls Online shortcut within the TriDef 3D Ignition program folder. Adjust the in-game resolution to 1280×800 also.

NOTE: The HUD and menu systems within The Elder Scrolls Online have not been designed with VR in mind. You may wish to adjust the FOV, stereoscopic 3D depth and head-tracking until these items fit comfortably with your style of play.