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Project CARS Getting Major Oculus Rift Update, SDK 0.7 Support ‘very soon’

There are a handful of AAA videogames that already support the second development kit (DK2) for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). Among them is Project CARS, the popular driving simulator from UK-based developer Slightly Mad Studios. However, with kit creator Oculus VR recently revealing plans for a set of releases for its software development kit (SDK) that will remove support for titles that haven’t updated to the latest versions, doubts had been cast about the videogame’s continued support. Today the developer has put those doubts to rest.

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Taking to the Oculus Reddit page, Slightly Mad Studios has confirmed that Project CARS will be updated to Oculus SDK 0.7 in the very near future. In fact the team hopes to have the update out within the next few days. This is the latest version of the SDK to release, although Oculus VR has confirmed that the first full production version of the kit, SDK 1.0, will be launching in December 2015, so expect versions 0.8 and 0.9 to hit over the course of the next 2 months. That said, Slightly Mad Studios did also note that it will ‘keep at it’ until the VR support is in a place that it is happy with.

But SDK support isn’t all that’s new for Project CARS‘ VR support. Crucially, the title’s HUD and menu will now be located within the game world itself, meaning that it is no longer stuck to the player’s head, which traditionally makes for an uncomfortable VR experience. The position of this information can also be edited. Elsewhere, the developer has improved Oculus Rift’s rendering to desktop and HMD simultaneously and added the ability to use VR with the whole screen instead of windowed mode with a -vrfullscreen command.

Slightly Mad Studios recently confirmed that it was working on Project CARS 2, although it remains to be seen if VR support will be included in the title. The PlayStation 4 version of the original is also expected to see support for the PlayStation VR HMD when it launches next year. VRFocus will continue to follow Project CARS closely, reporting back with the latest updates on the title.