VorpX is a 3D driver that allows you to play normal PC games in VR and if you have not tried the software yet then you should definitely check out our review on VorpX.
Now the VorpX is a pretty amazing software but you need to purchase it and many might not be willing to do that. So, for all you guys out there, we have dished out some free alternatives that you could go for if you want to try playing your favorite game in VR.
After going through a few Reddit posts and doing some research we found out that there are three popular software that would help you play a normal game in VR.
They are Vireo Perception, TriDef, and Vorpx. However, TriDef apparently shut down and there is no particular reason. Although this does mean that we are missing out on a free alternative.
Now, the VorpX is a paid software so the only free alternative that remains is the Vireo Perception. So, as you can see for yourself you do not have much choice here.
Let’s discuss the remaining two in detail and see which one of them is better than the other.
Vireo Perception is the only free alternative at the moment if you want to play your normal games in 3D. It works pretty well with your Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive.
In terms of the time that they emerged, I would not go as far as saying that Vireo Perception is an alternative since it was the first VR driver that was developed.
However, when it comes to performance, Vireo Perception is an alternative as VorpX is a little bit better when it comes to graphics and overall functionality.
Initially, Vireo Perception was made by a single developer named Andres Hernandez. He made the VR driver available to at least 20 games that included everyone’s favorites back then, Half-Life and Skyrim.
That number has increased over the years, and with the help of other developers, Vireo Perception has certainly improved its software capabilities.
You can even get it to sync the controllers and position tracking in many games. However, you have to understand that not all the games are going to be supported with this headset and there are select games that include Skyrim VR and Half-Life 2.
Overall, Vireo Perception is a pretty good, free alternative for the VorpX and since it is the only other option after TriDef got discontinued.
You can play games in two different modes here, depending on what the game supports. You can either get the game in a room on a screen in VR or get the proper 3D projection making it feel like a 3D movie.
The latest version of Vireo Perception is the VP 4.0 and this is what brought the Vireo Cinema to the users. It uses the mouse as a laser pointer that is visible in virtual reality.
You have the choice to sit in a room and play your games on a large virtual reality screen or in stereoscopic 3D that the software renders.
You can also switch to enter the game itself and not only watch it on a virtual screen. Playing while switching modes is possible which makes it easier for a lot of users.
Vireo Perception version 4.0 is now compatible with Vive Controllers. You can emulate the controls via your keyboard and mouse.
Either way, you are going to have a lot of fun experimenting with this software and since it is free, there is no harm in trying to see how all the software supported games work in VR.
This is a paid alternative and honestly, it just costs $40. So, if you really want to enjoy games like Mortal Combat, Skyrim or Half-Life 2.
VorpX has more games to offer than Vireo Perception. It has 150 games where it was improved from 80 on the earlier versions.
You are really going to enjoy all these games in VR and they come with some positional head tracking as well. There can be a few glitches since you are just using a 3D driver to play the game in VR but overall the experience with VorpX is amazing.
You can play games in a few different modes and we are going to discuss them in brief below. If you really want a detailed explanation then you should check out our post on the VorpX review.
This is probably one of the best ways to project a 2D game in VR. Direct VR is by far the best among all the other options that you have and in the case you want to best use this software then this is the way to go.
You are going to use it with the other modes but as said earlier not all games are supported by Direct VR. The games that are not supported can still be run with other modes.
The Direct VR does require you to have high screen resolution since that is when it works better. You need to basically do some trial and error to get what you want from this software, hence we advise you to be patient enough.
The display is short of amazing as it only requires minimum specs to run the Direct VR function but the speed of the game is still there.
The end result is amazing and I’m talking about how great it is to play any normal game in VR. If you can play a game with Direct VR then you should try going that way. There are other modes that you can go to as well.
This is the second mode that we think gives you an experience that is very close to perfection.
Something you should understand is that using the VorpX, you will find glitches in the game because it is not a native VR game but even then you would definitely love it to see your favorite game in VR.
The 3D Geometry mode works perfectly with the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, so if you are wondering how far this mode can take you then wait till we tell you more on this.
Most of the games that you can play with VorpX will give you trouble in the alignment but it really depends on the game and you can adjust these problems on the HUD settings.
Generally, PC games transferred to the VorpX and then played after rendering will leave you on a third-person’s point of view.
This could be adjusted in some games and you can get inside the game itself but the third person POV is immersive enough and one you get the hang of it, you will enjoy it more than just playing in your PC.
You get almost perfect VR experience which includes additional head tracking. Now, the positional tracking might be an issue with a few games but overall, we felt that the experience was pretty cool.
The Z-Buffer method is slightly similar to the 3D Geometry mode that it can render 2D PC Games into 3D VR ones.
The thing is, Z-Buffer has a lower resolution and display capacity than that of a 3D Geometry mode.
It makes up for the display by having a much better frame rate than the 3D Geometry and the game moves smoother.
The Z-Buffer removes the shadow, reflection, and color misalignment but it uses a lower resolution to make up for the speed.
This is better for you especially if you have motion sickness. It removes all the distracting blue and red outlines and displays them on a lower resolution but you can still see the whole of the object.
But if you have a PC that can do both the 3D Geometry and the Z-Buffer, then that would be the best option for you as VorpX allows you to switch from one mode to the other in-game.
In the VorpX features, you can find some games that require higher resolutions and specs in order for you to play the game.
Other games require a simpler set up for them to run. These games only require the basic VorpX setting so you can adjust the display on how you like it without damaging the speed or the FPS of the game.
But when it comes to the more advanced games that require higher specs to run, you will need the advanced tweaking in order for you to attain the best quality of the game and play it without sacrificing speed.
Advanced tweaking involves VorpX’s Advanced setting and it might take a while for beginners to learn what to do with this.
You can make adjustments on your focal depth, positional tracking, 3D separation strength, and many more. You can see the changes in real-time so it will be easy to track it one you get the hang of it.
Use your Heads Up Display to get access to your VorpX settings.
This feature will give you the best resolution on your game while maintaining the speed or the frames per second so you do not have to sacrifice one or the other.
It is a matter of adjustment on how much clarity you want to see in the display and how much speed you want to have while playing the game so it is really up to your standards.
Other Modes (Z- Adaptive/ Z-Normal)
This one can be a little different since unlike with the other modes mentioned above, with this one you are just going to feel like you are playing the game on the big 2D screen.
Similar to the VR Cinema, you are put into a big virtual reality room with a large display in front of you.
You can choose that feature or opt to a more immersive 2D display with no room around you, just you and your game in the display while playing.
This may not be as engaging as the other method mentioned above but you still do get some really good experience out of this and a few games like Grand Theft Auto V would give you a 3D movie-like experience which is pretty good enough.
So, even if the VorpX is a paid software it is definitely worth your time. However, I would completely understand if you want to stick to the free software and see how that works.
There was this third alternative for 3D drivers which is called Tridef but as of now, it is not available anymore. There are no updates as of writing this article on whether it is coming back or not.
It supported almost 900 games which you can play on a stereoscopic 3D display and tweak the curve, display, frame, and more on the video.
As of now, there are only the choices above on how you can experience your classic 2D game in virtual reality.
VorpX is looking to improve its latest version by adding more games that can be played aside from the 150 games that are already available.
For now, we still have to wait for other alternatives on how to play the games on 3D or wait for the developers to make a 3D version of the games we want.
Either way, with the technological advancement going so fast, it will not be long until we experience having to play our favorite games in an immersive way.
Let us know what alternatives we missed in this article and try the ones mentioned above!
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