Rockstar Games has released the highly anticipated L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files, an abridged VR adaptation of its 1940’s detective game. You can watch a very brief gameplay trailer above. Unfortunately for Windows Mixed Reality VR HMD owners it’s officially an HTC Vive exclusive and therefore only works with that VR system initially. Any attempt to use another VR system normally results in simply seeing the message “Headset not supported”.

However, LibreVR/CrossVR, the developer behind the Revive app that allows Oculus exclusives to be played on the Vive and Windows Mixed Reality, has released a hack that allows other VR systems to play L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files! You can download the hack by clicking HERE. The link also includes instructions on how to use it. The game also requires SteamVR of course.

Although the hack only mentions the Oculus Rift, VR YouTuber VoodooDE has confirmed that the hack definitely works with Windows Mixed Reality too. You can watch his video (in German) below, which features him using the Samsung Odyssey from 07:09:

 

 

You can read more info about L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files below:

 

L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files

ABOUT THIS GAME

A dark and violent crime thriller set against the backdrop of 1940’s Los Angeles, now in stunning virtual reality.

L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files for HTC VIVE™ places you directly in the shoes of Detective Cole Phelps as you solve brutal crimes, plots and conspiracies inspired by real cases from 1947 Los Angeles, one of the most corrupt and violent times in L.A. history.

Featuring seven cases rebuilt specifically for virtual reality, L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files for HTC Vive adds new layers of immersion and realism to Rockstar Games’ atmospheric crime thriller as you solve select cases from the blockbuster original game, spanning mysteries from the Detective desks of Traffic, Arson, Homicide, and more.

  • Search for clues by grabbing, inspecting and manipulating objects
  • Get behind the wheel and drive to your next crime scene
  • Engage in chases, fistfights and shootouts as you track down suspects
  • Build your case by making notes or drawing freehand in your detective’s notebook
  • Interrogate witnesses and use your wits to separate truth from lies in a city where everyone has something to hide

 

Additional System Specifications

Due to current performance issues with AMD hardware, only specific combinations of AMD and NVIDIA/Intel Hardware will allow the game to play as intended:

  • If using an AMD Ryzen 7 CPU, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (or above) graphics card is required to play
  • If using an AMD Vega 56 graphics card, an Intel i7 6700 (or above) CPU is required to play
  • Attempting to use an AMD CPU and GPU together to play the game is not supported at this time

L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files only supports a single graphics card architecture; NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFire features are not supported.

Over time programming changes will change the system requirements for this game. Please refer to your hardware manufacturer and www.rockstargames.com/support for current compatibility information. Some system components such as mobile chipsets, integrated, and AGP graphics cards may be incompatible. Unlisted specifications may not be supported by publisher.

Other requirements: Installation and play requires log-in to Rockstar Games Social Club (varies 13+) network; internet connection required for activation and periodic entitlement verification; software installations required including Rockstar Games Social Club platform, DirectX 9, DirectX June 2010 Redistributable Package, Chromium, and Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 and 2015 Redistributable Packages, and authentication software that recognizes certain hardware attributes for entitlement, digital rights management, system, and other support purposes.

Single use serial code registration via internet required; registration is limited to one Rockstar Games Social Club account (varies 13+) per serial code; only one PC log-in allowed per Social Club account at any time; serial code(s) are non-transferable once used; Social Club accounts are non-transferable.

 

 

L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files is available to download on Steam now priced at £39.99 (UK) / €59.99 (EU) / $59.99 (US). But, as has been the case with other recent SteamVR games by big developers, you should be warned that it also requires a powerful PC to run it. Also, there are additional requirements in regards to AMD hardware, as mentioned above. Don’t forget to update your graphics cards with their latest drivers either. Here are the game’s system requirements:

Minimum:

OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 10 64 Bit
Processor: Intel Core i7-4790K @ 3.60 GHz
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 18 GB available space
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 11 compatible

Recommended:

OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 10 64 Bit
Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00 GHz
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 18 GB available space
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 11 compatible

 

Are you a fan of L.A. Noire and want to play some of the cases in virtual reality? If you’ve bought the VR version already then what do you think of it? Let us know in the comments below, or create a discussion in our (PC) Windows Mixed Reality VR Games forum. You can also write your own review of the game in our (PC) Windows Mixed Reality VR Game Reviews forum.

 

Screenshots

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Source: Rockstar Games, LA Noire Fix on Github, VoodooDE's YouTube Channel, L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files' Steam page