Sonic GDK on Oculus Rift is waaaaay cool

Posted on April 27, 2014 - 10:20am by Patrick Breeden

Youtuber Chadtronic showed 3D Sonic the Hedgehog games just needed a dab of VR in Sonic the Hedgehog GDK.

According to, Sonic GDK – shorting for Gaming Development Kit – is a collection of source code which can be used to create a 3D Sonic the Hedgehog game. The dev kit is integrated with UDK, the free version of Unreal Engine 3. Though no official release date for the dev kit was given, screenshots go back to 2011 at the earliest.

Chadtronic’s Youtube channel has a plethora of videos featuring retro games with Oculus Rift. Some of these include Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, F-Zero GX, Metroid Prime and Super Mario Kart.

Oculus VR made headlines across the globe when Facebook announced it purchased the VR company for $2 billion. The buyout thrust Oculus to the forefront of the tech world, leaving many experts baffled over the expensive purchase.

According to Reuters, the Oculus VR buyout received antitrust approval from the Federal Trade Commission on April 23. Facebook can now move forward and finalize the purchase.

Former Valve Research and Development head Michael Abrash joined Oculus VR shortly after the Facebook buyout announcement and took the position of chief scientist.

Abrash worked closely with the Oculus Rift while at Valve and was a firm believer in the future of VR technology. He said the Facebook buyout gives certainty for the future of VR.

“The resources and long-term commitment that Facebook brings gives Oculus the runway it needs to solve the hard problems of VR – and some of them are hard indeed,” Abrash wrote on Oculus’ official website. “I now fully expect to spend the rest of my career pushing VR as far ahead as I can.”

Oculus VR chief technology officer John Carmack spoke out late last month concerning the Facebook buyout and said he believes the company gets the “Big Picture.”

“I have zero personal background with [Facebook] and I could think of other companies that would have more obvious synergies,” Carmack wrote. “However, I do have reasons to believe that they get the Big Picture as I see it, and will be a powerful force towards making it happen. You don't make a commitment like they just did on a whim.”

Some Oculus supporters felt betrayed by the company’s sale to social media giant Facebook. The rising tensions between continuous supports and the Kickstarter scorned became so apparent that even CNN Money had something to say about it.

Would you like to play retro games with Oculus VR? If so, what would be your choice of game that's yet to be featured?

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