Doom and Doom II are two of the most-loved first-person shooters of all time. The games are classics that have withstood the test of time. As great as the games are in their original forms, it’s now possible to experience them as never before. Thanks to an update for GZDoom, a 3D-rendered port of the game, players will be able to play the first two Doom games on the Oculus Rift.
The patch lets GZDoom work with the consumer version of the Oculus Rift headset. Since this is the Runtime SDK version of the peripheral, this means that the DK1 version of the Rift is no longer compatible with this patch. If you’re using the first edition of the Rift, be careful not to patch the game and lock yourself out of playing it.
Doom on VR is nice and all, but it isn’t without some issues. The main one is that weapons and the heads-up display float just above the bottom of the screen. With the way the character’s hand is detached from the rest of his body, it almost seems as if it’s the limbless Rayman who’s running through corridors gunning down demons. It’s hard to appreciate playing Doom and Doom II in VR by just watching the above video, but we can imagine it’s just as fun, if not more so, than playing it normally.
The patch for GZDoom can be downloaded here. In order to play it, you’ll need copies of both Doom games in order to access their respective DOOM.WAD files.