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War Thunder Oculus DK2 Update Now Live

Earlier in the week VRFocus reported that the second development kit (DK2) for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) would soon be supported in Gaijin Entertainment’s free massively multiplayer online (MMO) action videogame, War Thunder. It hasn’t taken long at all for that support to arrive, with a new update this week bringing integration with the device on PC and Mac.

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The addition was listed in the changelog for Update 1.41.29.50 in the title’s official forums, as VRFocus reader Chester Köhler pointed out. While the list notes that support for the device has been added, it also states that, in terms of Oculus Rift support, the update has ‘fixed SD.’ Though it’s not confirmed this likely refers to the screen door effect in which a user can see lines between individual pixels on the device’s display. The DK2 adds a 1080p OLED screen which greatly reduces this effect in comparison to the first developmenet kit.

The update also brings with it a range of bug fixes and tweaks as well as a new mission. With Oculus Rift DK2 support players will now be able to use the latest version of Oculus VR’s device to move their head, forwards, backwards, up, down, left and right and have those movements replicated in-game. It also includes low-persistence technology that reduces issues such as latency when using the HMD’s head-tracking technology.

War Thunder lets players command a range of World War 2-era vehicles and take part in multiplayer battles and more. The title is still in open beta stages but is currently available on PC, and Mac as well as PlayStation 4, where it is also expected to receive support for the Project Morpheus VR HMD. VRFocus will continue to follow War Thunder going forward, reporting back with any further updates on the title’s development.