Apparently, Virtual Reality In Team Fortress 2 Can Be Very Intense

Ready for the future? Those with an Oculus Rift developer kit will be able to tinker with virtual reality in Team Fortress 2.

To access the VR mode, all you have to do is add -vr to your command line options in Steam. From there on out, things sound a little intense according to the Oculus Rift User Guide on the Team Fortress 2 Wiki.

Once you step into VR, things might feel funny. The user guide says the mode can trigger something similar to motion sickness, if not nausea, sweating or headaches. That's because VR can't fool your senses all the time. Here are their tips to help manage that stuff:

  • Start slow. For the first few sessions, plan to play for no more than 10 minutes in VR.
  • Calibrate the device for your eyes. Having the correct IPD helps a lot.
  • Start with some of the slower characters, such as Heavy or Medic. Avoid the faster or close-range characters such as Scout, Pyro or rocket-jumping with the Soldier — they can produce particularly intense experiences in VR.
  • Stop if you feel unwell. You cannot "push through" motion sickness, it just continues. If it gets bad it can last a long time after you stop playing. As soon as you feel uncomfortable, take the HMD off, take a break and do something else for a while.
  • Many people find that over time they become used to the effects — they get their "VR legs" — and can play for longer without feeling unwell.
  • Some very lucky folks never get any effects at all and can play for many hours. You are freaks and the rest of us are very jealous of you.

No more than 10 minutes at a time — cripes! Hopefully this is all just stuff you need to do at the start, as you get used to virtual reality. Otherwise, there's not much use in playing in this mode if you're feeling sick all the time, eh?


    Curse my motion sickness! I would love to try gaming this way -- complete immersion into the world, I think it would be an unreal experience. But imaging dropping one large on something like this only to find out the only game you can play is How-fast-can-I-fill-up-this-bucket-with-vomit 2013.

    Yeah, I'd be spewing if that happened....(Sorry)

    It's all good! To try and get rid of motion sickness, just ask your wife / girlfriend to hold your peni5 with their right hand for 10 mins....

    It doesn't work but it makes me feel better :p

    They say the same sort of things for nvidia 3d vision setups, I can play all day with mine on now and never feel any weirdness.

    The more I hear about this device the more pumped I get. Imagine the sort of indie games that could be released like Bungie Jumping Simulator 2013; or Slender - Oculus Rift version!

      Slender - Oculus Rift version!
      That would suck, in a good way.

        Yes Slender would work well, Amnesia also I imagine. Anything slow moving and atmospheric like survival horror would be pretty awesome.

    Man after just having finished watching Sword Art Online and Accel World, I really really want this. But I know it won't be anything like those :(

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