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Oculus Rift + Razer Hydra + Half-Life 2 = Gaming Nirvana

By: Anthony Garreffa | VR in Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 18, 2014 4:00 pm

What You'll Need


You're going to need the Oculus Rift of course, as well as all of the required software to be installed. I'm going to write this setup guide from the perspective of Rift owners, who would've already installed all of the required software.


There's a subreddit on Reddit called HLVR (or /r/HLVR) where all of this information and the tools required are available. There are three things you're going to need: the HLVR 1.3.4b installer (which weighs in at 1.2GB) and the HDR Map pack at 610MB.




In order to get this working, you're going to need to install both, and opt into the "-upcoming" beta for the Source 2013 Single Player SDK.




You'll need to install it, with the SDK weighing it at a fairly large 7.8GB.




Let it download!




While this is downloading, you can install HLVR.


After you've moved those files and folders over, it's time to install the HDR Map Pack. You'll need to extract this folder to the Steam/steamapps/sourcemods/halflife-vr/maps folder. There should be 1.5GB of Maps to move over/extract to this folder. Once you have done this, I'm going to presume that the Source 2013 Single Player SDK is finished, but if not, come back to this step when it is.




You'll need to open Steam, go to Tools and make sure that it is installed. If it is, right click it, and click properties. On the far right is the 'Beta' tab, click this, and you'll have the option of 'Select the beta you would like to opt into:'




Click this, and select 'upcoming -'.




From here, you're going to need to make sure that SteamVR is updated (or install it if you don't). For me, I had to update it, and then you're going to need to make sure that you've opted into the SteamVR Beta.




You'll be prompted to download the update.




Ready for SteamVR takeoff!



Getting It Set Up


This is something that will change for most people, depending on their setups and folder locations, but following the Reddit thread is going to be the best advice I can give you. For me, I was able to launch Steam VR, locate Half-Life VR and jump right into it.


I went through the configuration level, where I could play around with the Hydra to get used to the controls, and then I went back to the menu and started the full game. Setting up HLVR is incredibly easy once you've gone through all the right steps (that is the hard part).

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