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Oculus Rift Is Easy To Setup On Linux

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Published on 23 August 2013 12:23 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware
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For those wondering about using the Oculus Rift VR system on Linux for a virtual reality 3D gaming headset, it should work just fine on your favorite Linux distribution.

The Oculus SDK has added Linux support in the past and it appears from the setup perspective for end-users/gamers, it's easy to do on Linux too.

Richard Jones of Red Hat has blogged about his first experiences with an Oculus Rift on Linux: it's basically plug-and-play.

When connecting the Oculus Rift head-mounted display to Linux, it appears as a 1280 x 800 secondary display that can be controlled via Linux. Of course, it will also be up to the games to support the Oculus Rift technology, but at least Valve and Unigine Corp are already very interested and have been supporting this intriguing VR product.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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