The original Tuscany Demo became the de facto experience for those trying the Oculus Rift DK1 for the first time.
It’s easy to see why, because it featured everything you’d want to demo in virtual reality, including 3D butterflies, an indoor and outdoor area, a deep sense of presense and some wonderfully colourful graphics that “popped” on the DK1 headset.
Unfortunately this detailed demo wasn’t ported to the Oculus Rift DK2. Instead, a basic version with stripped-down graphics was included with the SDK for developers to test and experiment with. It’s missing the animated waterfall, fireplace and rich lighting, and looks barren when viewed through the DK2.
Thankfully, Reddit user HappyVR has taken it upon himself to port the original demo to the DK2 headset, now with positional tracking and 1080p graphics that bring Tuscany to life like never before. Compiled with the SDK v0.4.1, it boots using the DirectToRift method and runs at a silky 75FPS on our NVIDIA-powered PC. It even mirrors to the desktop display, giving spectators something to watch; unlike nearly every other DK2 game to date.
We can’t emphasise how stunning Tuscany looks on the DK2. Colours are even more vibrant, textures look incredibly rich, and the distant sailing boats floating across the lake are actually legible. With positional tracking you can lean over the villa balcony, or duck under the fireplace to look up the chimney. It’s great fun, and once again makes for a great first experience for those trying the Rift for the first time.