Today Bethesda announced VR support for both Fallout 4 and Doom, coming to OpenVR in 2017.
Announced as part of the Bethesda E3 show, the company is planning to bring the entirety of Fallout 4 to the HTC Vive headset within 12 months. It also hopes to bring Doom (which I must add is absolutely amazing) to the Vive at some unspecified date in the future. Whether Doom would work in VR – with its intense speed and camera-whirling glory kills – is a question for another time.
Why the uncertainty about Oculus Rift support? Because it’s very unlikely that Bethesda would release any content on the Oculus Store. However, the company is using OpenVR to port both games to the HTV Vive. OpenVR is an open source software development kit, developed by Valve for SteamVR. It currently supports both the Vive and Oculus Rift headsets, so it’s likely both Fallout 4 and Doom will work on the Rift headset through SteamVR, without any modification on the users behalf. It would require additional programming work for Bethesda to block Rift support within the game; it would also alienate an entire user base and reduce potential VR sales.
You can watch the announcement over on Twitch by hitting this link. Scrub to 1:47:00 on the timeline to jump straight to the VR segment.