SCS Software’s beta version of the game Euro Truck Simulator 2 since recently has been available for the Oculus Rift. By playing this game, user will experience a truck driving across Europe, sitting in the large cockpit and enjoying the highly realistic content.
It’s a quite easy to get the game working with the Rift. You just have to download this game in beta version via Steam. It’s also necessary to add ‘-oculus’ into the command line for launching.
Euro Truck Simulator 2 was a good experience on the DK1 too but it had some major issues. For example, the headset had a low-resolution display so it was really hard to read text in the game, or to check on the satellite navigation. It was even hard to predict forthcoming turns in the road.
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Support for the Oculus Rift DK2 it’s not perfect as well. The game works just in mode that is extended for desktop. Now player will be able to see the speedometer, or to check on navigation. DK2 owns the positional-tracking that will allow you to lean forward and look outside.
Even though the game is improved for DK2, it still has some problems. For instance the menus are mostly made in 2D. If you want to use it you have to take off the Rift. If you can see menus normally from the cockpit, it might happen that they will be hard to read because of blurriness developed by the device. With the Euro Truck Simulator 2 you will be able to notice the Rift’s low resolution. You will see the gaps that will occur between the screen pixels. Hopefully these problems will be ironed out with the release of the consumer version.
Yet general experience is stunning, letting you drive a truck throughout the most beautiful countries in Europe. Earlier the head of your character had been moved by the mouse. With DK2 all you need is to move your head. You can check the wing mirrors by looking over at them. You can also look through the window if you want to check what’s happening behind you.
For those that are lucky enough to have a Rift DK2, Euro Truck Simulator 2 is a great game to try first. Several forums have also offered helpful information about the game:
Euro Truck Simulator 2 is using OVR libraries. There should be a default profile with suitable IPD. It is also expected for magnetic calibration to be adjusted in the configuration option.
For the 0.4.4 devices the display mode has to be adjusted to the mode “Extend Desktop to the HMD” while the display is set to “Portrait” in Windows.
To play this game it is necessary to have a very fast GPU and CPU.
Known issues and limitations
Unusual looks of PIP images of trucks and incorrect fadeouts are some issues caused by early support for head tracking in the UI in the Oculus branch version.
Only internal camera is using head position and orientation.
Menu is mainly 2D, and just a few parts of it are with 3d background.
When you use the Oculus, the advisor is placed at the bottom center part of the display while other optimizations weren’t made.
If you open menu display in 3D mode you might experience some distortions. Same thing might happen when you switch the 3D mode of the menu.
When you enter the truck orientation/position will not be reset automatically. You have to reset it manually using F12 key.
Two default keys – F12 key for reset and Steam screenshot key – are congruent.
How to enable?
When you want to run the game do it with parameter “-oculus” in command line. This way game will identify the oculus devices. When device is detected you have to select one and launch the game. Choose a resolution that is suitable for the device.
To achieve standard setup you should adjust the system so the headset displays the primary screen. You should also use full screen mode when you play the game.
When you run the content in DX9 full screen mode, you will get oculus branch builds.