UEVR (Universal Unreal Engine VR Mod) is a very interesting VR mod by Praydog that enables Flat2VR on popular games with less effort than ever. But how close is UEVR away from working on your favorite game?
Below, we take a look at the Praydog UEVR mode in full detail, including:
How does UEVR work?
What games now have VR support?
How do you install and use the Praydog UEVR mod?
UEVR was officially released in beta on December 31st, 2023!
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What is UEVR?
UEVR is a PC mod that enhances regular flatscreen games built with Unreal Engine 4 and 5 by transforming them into full virtual reality (VR) games.
It converts new unreal engine games into first-person virtual reality with standardized code to do this. The mod supports room-scale VR, meaning that your movements are tracked in real-time, allowing for a full-body interactive experience within the virtual world.
To ensure a realistic experience, UEVR requires a high-end gaming computer to render regular flat games in virtual reality. It also enables six degrees of freedom and VR motion control support, providing a more immersive gaming experience.
The mod also offers configurable profiles, allowing users to save and share their preferred settings for each game. This feature allows players to tailor the VR experience to their preferences, providing optimal visuals, control mappings, and comfort.
Key Features of the Praydog URVR Flat2VR Mod
UEVR offers several key features that enhance the virtual reality gaming experience:
UEVR presents the game in full 3D, providing a truly immersive experience.
Unlike simply displaying a flatscreen game in VR, UEVR utilizes stereoscopic rendering to create depth and perspective, making the virtual world more realistic and engaging.
6 Degrees of Freedom (6DoF)
With UEVR, the movement and rotation of your VR headset are tracked within the game. This means you can move your head in all directions and explore the virtual environment from different angles.
6DoF head tracking capability enhances immersion and allows for more interactive gameplay experiences.
UEVR offers the convenience of configurable profiles. This feature allows you to save your preferred settings for each game individually.
By saving and sharing these profiles, you can easily switch between different games and maintain customized configurations, ensuring optimal visuals and controls for each title. This flexibility enhances your convenience and personalization.
Work in Progress Features
This feature will allow you to map VR controller buttons to specific in-game actions. You can optimize your control scheme by customizing the button configurations to match your preferences and play style.
Input binding adds flexibility and personalization to the VR gaming experience, ensuring seamless interaction with the virtual environment.
With upcoming motion controls tracking support, UnrealVR will link hand movements in the real world to in-game objects or characters. This means your hand movements with the VR controllers will be accurately translated into the virtual world, providing a more immersive and intuitive gameplay experience.
Grabbing, throwing, or interacting with objects will feel more natural and responsive.
Currently, UEVR renders each eye separately, potentially leading to discomfort or motion sickness for some users. However, the forthcoming synchronized rendering feature will render both eyes simultaneously, significantly reducing the potential for discomfort.
This improvement aims to provide a smoother and more comfortable VR experience, allowing you to enjoy longer sessions without experiencing visual discomfort.
Plugin System for Motion Controls
Praydog supports native head tracking and motion controls support by default on every game. As a fallback option, he will release a plugin system or API that developers can work with to add motion controls into each game manually.
UEVR supports two rendering methods for virtual reality experiences:
The Native Stereo rendering method is a commonly used approach in VR. It involves rendering the scene separately for each eye, mimicking how our eyes perceive depth in the real world.
This means the game’s visuals are rendered from two slightly different perspectives, creating a stereoscopic effect when viewed through a VR headset.
By providing a separate view for each eye, Native Stereo enhances depth perception and contributes to a more immersive VR experience.
The Synchronized Sequential rendering method is another technique employed by UEVR. It involves rendering frames for each eye in a synchronized and sequential manner.
Rather than rendering both eyes simultaneously, Synchronized Sequential rendering renders the left eye frame first and then the right eye frame, ensuring that the frames are perfectly synchronized.
This method reduces potential visual discrepancies or motion artifacts when rendering both eyes independently. By rendering frames sequentially and synchronously, Synchronized Sequential improves visual consistency and can contribute to a smoother and more comfortable VR experience.
How does UEVR work?
UEVR transforms regular flatscreen games built with Unreal Engine 4 and 5 into full virtual reality (VR) experiences. It achieves this by implementing a PC mod that adds VR support to the games.
The mod modifies the game code and assets to enable VR functionality, such as stereoscopic rendering, head, and controller tracking, and input mapping. It leverages the power and capabilities of Unreal Engine 5 to enhance the visuals, physics, and overall immersion of the games when played in VR.
When a game is launched with UEVR, it utilizes the capabilities of VR hardware, such as headsets and motion controllers, to track your movements and actions in real-time.
This allows for a more interactive and immersive experience as your head movements and hand gestures are translated into the virtual world.
When was Praydog’s Flat2VR Mod Released?
Praydog’s UnrealVR Mod was officially released in beta on December 31st, 2023. The first version of the mod was developed throughout most of a full year.
What Games Does PrayDog’s VR Mod Work On?
This spreadsheet tracks the current status of popular PC games tested and whether they work with the Praydog VR mod. As you can see, many AAA games will receive VR support once this mod is released.
Here’s a summary of some games that have full support, half support, and no support for UEVR:
Full Working Support
Astroneer works perfectly with UEVR. This space exploration game is huge in size and scope and is a game that many have sunk hundreds of hours into playing.
This open sandbox game lets you view the world as a cat. It works perfectly with UEVR, offering stereo audio and complete support.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
With full working support for UEVR, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot offers an immersive VR experience. You can step into the shoes of your favorite Dragon Ball characters, using the mod’s VR motion controller support and 6 degrees of freedom to engage in epic battles and explore the iconic Dragon Ball universe in virtual reality.
The mod enhances the game’s visuals and provides a more immersive gameplay experience.
Hogwarts Legacy is working in VR mode using Praydog’s mod. You can look at a video of the game in VR below, rendered in synchronized sequential mode.
Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade
The popular Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade mostly supports UEVR.
You can expect enhanced VR experiences with the mod, enjoying improved visuals and possibly utilizing VR motion controller support and 6 degrees of freedom.
Kingdom Hearts III
Kingdom Hearts III also mostly has support for UEVR. The mod enhances the game’s visuals, incorporating VR motion controller support and 6 degrees of freedom.
Unreal VR does not provide support for Days Gone. Using the mod, you cannot transform this game into a virtual reality experience.
It remains a flatscreen game without VR-specific enhancements or features.
Meet Your Maker
Meet Your Maker does not have support for UEVR. The mod cannot be applied to this game to enhance VR functionality.
Uncharted Waters Origin
UEVR does not offer support for Uncharted Waters Origin.
Praydog UEVR Video Demos
What Virtual Reality Headsets Will UEVR Work On?
UEVR is designed to work with PCVR headsets that are connected to SteamVR. By default, this includes headsets like the HTC Vive Pro, Vive XR Elite, and HP Reverb G2.