How To Play All Gamecube, N64 VC, and Wii Games On The Oculus Rift
Hey there, today I bring you a guide on how to play all Gamecube, N64 virtual console, and Wii games on the Oculus Rift with an Xbox 360 controller. You can take a look at Super Mario 64 on the Rift being played using this method in the video above. Using this method you can play all games supported by the Dolphin emulator on the Oculus Rift with head tracking and 3D.
To experience the Dolphin emulator on the Rift you need the following things:
-Tridef 3D with Oculus Beta 5
-The newest build of the Dolphin Emulator
-The rom files, or original discs of the games you want to play in VR
-Xpadder (you can download it for free: here.)
-My Xpadder Xbox 360 pad profile and my dolphin profile (You can download it: here.)
Once you have both Tridef 3D and the Dolphin emulator set up follow the following instructions to make the dolphin emulator Rift ready:
1.In the Dolphin emulator go to “Options” and then click on “Graphics Settings”
2.Set “Backend” to “Direct3D9″
3.Set “Fullscreen resolution” to “1280×800″
4.Set “Aspect Ratio” to “Auto”
5.Tick the following boxes: V-Sync, Use Fullscreen, and Hide Mouse Cursor
6.Now got to the Enhancements header
7.Set “internal Resolution” to “1x Native (640×528)”
8.Tick the following boxes: Scaled EFB Copy, and Widescreen Hack
9.Got to the “Advanced” header
10.Now tick the “Free Look” box
Now you have enabled all the settings needed for the Dolphin emulator to work with Tridef 3D.
11.Open Tridef 3D Ignition and and click on the “File” header and then choose “Add Game…”
12.Click on “Add a game manually”
13.Choose “Desktop shortcut or executable” and browse to find “Dolphin.exe” in the folder you installed the emulator in
14.Click on “Next” and then click on “Click here if your game is not in the list”
15.Choose “Generic” as your Game Profile
16.Click finish and make a desktop shortcut form inside of Tridef 3D Ignition
17.Open the Dolphin emulator using this shortcut and start a game
18.Now Open the Tridef OSD and change the following settings
19.Open 3D and enable “Custom Focus”
20.Now go back and open “HMD Settings”
21.Change “Force FOV” to “Game” and change “Game FOV” to to “103″
22.Open “Head Tracking” and change “Track Yaw and Pitch” to “On”, and change “Track Roll” to “On”
23.Now set “Auto-Calc Yaw and Pitch Scale” to “off”, set “Yaw Scale” to “-193″ and set “Pitch Scale” to “-259″
24.Now go back to the main menu, and then go to “Profile” and then Save the Game Profile
Now you also have set Tridef up to properly work with the emulator.
Here is how to set Xpadder up:
1.Create a folder in the directory in which you want to install Xpadder
2.Place the .exe file you just downloaded into the folder and run it
3.After running the .exe file there should be some new folders in the directory.
4.Delete or move the .exe file which you just used.
5.Extract Xpadder Profiles.zip and move it´s contents in to the profiles folder.
6.Run Xpadder.exe (If you are on a Windows 7 or 8 PC run it in compatibility mode for: Windows XP (service Pack 3))
7.Accept every upcoming popup message.
8.Click the little Xbox controller in the top left of the screen, click “open” and select the “My XBOX 360 For Windows (Controller).xpaddercontroller” file you previously placed in the profiles folder.
9.Click the little document icon in the middle of the screen, click “open” and select the “gamecube.xpadderprofile” file you previously placed in the profiles folder.
Now Xpadder is fully setup to work with the dolphin emulator.
This Xpadder profile enables you to press the left stick of the xbox pad down to enable head tracking, and the right one to recenter your view. All that is now left to do is mapping the buttons of the Xbox pad to the corresponding keys of the Game Cube pad, you can do that under “options”, “Gamecube Pad Settings.” Don´t forget, you have to start Xpadder every time before playing with the dolphin emulator.
Please let us know in the comments about your experience with Dolphin on the Rift.
EDIT:I forgot to mention, not all games support 3D, only a few like for example Metroid Prime do.
EDIT 2: If Tridef disables 3D and shows you a error message when starting a game inside of Dolphin (using the Tridef shortcut) do the following: Go into Tridef, click on the “tools” header, then on “display settings” and then change “model” to “Oculus Rift (Desktop Res)” or “Oculus Rift (Game Res)”, try both of them, one of them should do the trick for you.
EDIT 3: If you run into any problems, you should check this new video from Cymatic Bruce out. In the video he explains the set up in great detail.