Unreal Engine 3, widely known as the driving force behind a plethora of successful PS3 and Xbox 360 games, is going to add support for the upcoming Oculus Rift headset via a development kit update. The Unreal Engine has powered hits such as Gears of War, Mass Effect, Infinity Blade and BioShock. The Oculus ready UDK will be available to all Oculus developers for free, it was added in the press release. They’ve worked with Epic ever since they launched their Kickstarter campaign for Oculus to make the integration for Unreal Engine as high performance as they could. The Oculus ready UDK allows developers to build amazing virtual reality experiences using the Unreal Engine toolset.
The Oculus ready UDK is going to be available from the Oculus Developer Center in early April, no definite date has been given as yet. Oculus will have a booth at GDC this week where they’ll be showing Unreal Engine 3 based demos of Hawken and Epic Citadel. Do check them out if you’re at the conference. On the other hand, Oculus Rift dev kits will begin shipping out to Kickstarter backers this month.