The time has come. You can now play old-skool Commodore 64 in VR.
This infamous 8-bit home computer system was launched in the early Eighties. Thanks to the hacking skill of one big fan, known as ’64jim64′, this system can now be experienced in VR. The so-called VR64 headset outputs video from the computer.
As explained on his blog, he was inspired by his 12-year-old daughter’s science fair project on a study of simple VR viewers such as Google Cardboard. After diving into VR viewers, he hacked together a headset for the Commodore 64 using a $10 VR viewer, a $26 LCD, and a cheap power transformer. He created graphics to permeate the headset with Commodore 64’s classic branding. Watch here to see how he pulled it all off.
The VR64 headset connects to the Commodore 64 with composite cables. You can play in “high resolution” mode (152 x 200 pixels), as well as in 76 x 200 in multi-color mode. 64jim64 next programmed a 3D game for the headset. Street Defender, a simple wave shooter stored on a 5.25″ floppy disk, works with a split-view to create stereoscopic visuals through the VR64 headset.
The game consists of rivals moving down corridors. The player can punch, shoot, or throw grenades. To create 3D depth, sprites have been positioned closer or further away from each another. Although there is no head tracking, this creation provides a great chance to experience the majestic Commodore 64 in VR.