DolphinVR – Playing Gamecube Games in Virtual Reality

Dispite being reasonably dated at this point and fairly difficult to understand at times, DolphinVR is a great example of emulation and VR support going hand in hand. The games that really shine in my opinion from what I’ve tried is The Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker, Metroid Prime, F-Zero GX and Super Smash Bros Melee.

It’s compatible with Gamecube games, Wii games, and various Virtual Console titles. Word of warning however, all sorts of graphical glitches can occur even on supported games. You’re going to have to optimize most of these games individually, and it will be tedious. The creator of the emulator doesn’t update DolphinVR much, if at all so your main hope is to find other users who’ve dabbled in playing the games you’re interested in to find out optimal per game settings. The DolphinVR mantra is certainly trial and error, but for me it was definitely worth it just to inhabit the worlds of my youth. Sometimes it’s fun to throw a random Gamecube game at it from time to time just to see if it’s compatible or not. Even if it seems like it’s not, I tend to take some time to troubleshoot the graphical settings until I can determine¬†whether or not the game is a bust for the time being. For instance, I got Beyblade V-Force running at one point and it was surprisingly immersive. Here’s the footage of that if you’re interested in getting a glimpse for yourself.

Beyblade V-Force

I also tried out some Virtual Console titles which enabled me to play Super Mario 64 and Starfox 64 in VR as well. It was a blast, although Super Mario 64 has a flickering sky bug so you’ll either have to install a texture pack or use OpenGL’s Free Look plugin in order to move the camera so that the clouds don’t cause any discomfort.

Either way, it’s up to you but I highly recommend trying out one of the games listed above in DolphinVR if you have an Oculus or a Vive. You can download the latest version of it by clicking on the link below as it will redirect you the site.

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VR The Future

When I first heard about VR (Virtual Reality) gaming, my curiosity was peaked although I still had the initial skepticism concerning if the tech of today was up to par to deliver an experience that could be classified as true VR. In fact, I didn’t even know what true VR was since I had never truly experienced it for myself.

Dispite being very intrigued by the concept early on, I didn’t buy into the Oculus Kickstarter and didn’t purchase a VR headset until much later when I finally settled for an Oculus Rift DK2 (Development Kit 2) which was still prior to the release of the consumer edition a lot of you are familar with today.

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Nonetheless, I strapped it on and when I saw the Oculus Home screen for the first time I completely lost it. I had read so many initial reactions to VR before trying it myself, but the instant I was in it and immersed myself with my new surroundings I knew this was way more than a mere gimmick. This was the future. Not just for gaming either, it’s mind-boggling imagining the practical applications it could have in all kinds of different fields just by utilizing the technology in new and interesting ways. Plus, this is just the beginning. Imagine how much it can evolve with time. The consumer edition of the Oculus has touch controls which further add to the immersion of being in a separate reality, so imagine what nifty additions can be thought of and implemented with time.

More and more casual gamers are growing increasingly aware and interested in VR with time. Especially with the addition of the Vive and PSVR as competitors, it’s clear to see that VR is here to stay. 3DTV’s didn’t even have a chance. Not when you can physically be inside the world. It’s escapism on a whole new level. Trust me, you can’t determine this based on the clips you’ve seen on Youtube. This has to be experienced first-hand in order to truly know what it feels like.

I’ll be making quite a few entries concerning VR and my experiences within, but I thought I’d ease everyone in with my first one. I hope you enjoy reading my posts, and stay tuned for updates!