It’s been a few months since Crysis developer Crytek has provided a status update on support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) being integrated into its CryENGINE toolset. Back at the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in March the company told VRFocus that said support would be arriving within the next ‘few weeks’. That didn’t quite happen, but the company is today finally releasing an update for the engine that includes support for the VR device.
The update, titled CryENGINE 3.8.1, allows both full licensees and Engine-as-a-Service subscribers access to VR support for their projects. Also featured is what is described as ‘initial support’ for AMD’s LiquidVR tech. Elsewhere, the update adds support for OpenGL to allow for seamless porting to the Linux operating system (OS). Integration with Android TV systems is also included.
“Since showcasing our own work with VR, we’ve seen an overwhelming response from developers who want to use CRYENGINE for their virtual reality projects as well,” said CryENGINE Creative Director Frank Vitz. “Our experience in stereoscopic 3D, combined with the engine’s rendering power and ability to deliver high resolution images at a high frame rate, means CRYENGINE offers a degree of visual fidelity that many people feel is foundational to a compelling VR experience. We can’t wait to see what other CRYENGINE users create now that they have VR capabilities at their fingertips.”