Many Star Wars fans will tell you how much they loved to play Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast on various platforms. It was seen as one of the best Star Wars video game sequels around, with lightsaber combat that is still fondly looked at today. But what if you could take that same action from Jedi Outcast and play it in virtual reality? It’s every Star Wars fan’s dream to wield a lightsaber in VR. That’s exactly what Team Beef set out to do by porting over Jedi Outcast to Meta headsets.
The Jedi Outcast port to the Quest 1/2/3 and Pico 4 is called JK XR. It is a standalone port of Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast that uses OpenXR and is based on the OpenJK source port. JK XR is available now for anyone that has a Meta Quest VR machine or Pico 4. Fans of Star Wars that have a Quest device can visit the SideQuest VR website with a post to download the port and try it out themselves. Luckily, the website also has a step-by-step guide on how to download and install JK XR, as well as feeds about updates and other aspects of the port.
The JK XR video on their YouTube channel shows the gameplay of Jedi Outcast via the port, showing a lot of the action that can be done in VR. You can notice the hands of the game’s protagonist Kyle Katarn appearing on screen in the same fashion as most other VR games, but wielding various force powers and swinging a lightsaber around. Everything from firing a blaster at stormtroopers to wielding a lightsaber against dark Jedi is done in first-person.
The game has unique VR features such as motion-triggered abilities, such as throwing a lightsaber at enemies and using force powers. By using different gestures in VR, a player can use the different force powers that are in Jedi Outcast, such as Force Pull and Force Push. You can even switch between active force powers via a wheel that can be controlled with the Quest controllers while in-game. There is also proximity trigger scopes to look down the scope of different weapons, like the sniper rifle that has a scope to use.
Outside of all of this, Team Beef hasn’t forgotten about the mod community that is still very much active for games like Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy. There are mod downloads that players can access with the companion app, opening up even more gameplay possibilities in VR.
Team Beef is a group of programmers and developers who love Star Wars as much as anyone else. According to their official Patreon page, they were established back in 2019 and work at porting various games to virtual reality devices. This includes bringing games like Quake, Half-Life, Castle Wolfenstein, and DOOM 3 to VR platforms like Meta Quest. Their work on different ports averages around 370,000 downloads per year from enthusiastic fans.
Are you a Star Wars fan who is interested in checking out this VR port? Were you a fan of the original release of Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast? Post a comment down below and let your voice be heard!
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