Full modding is still a ways off for GTA V on PC due to Rockstar encrypting the files, requiring modders to have to make some workarounds. But PC gamers (and developers) have still found ways to get non-approved third-party hardware to work with the game and they're already posting videos up online about it.
Over on the official YouTube channel for the Virtuix Omni, they posted up a video showcasing GTA V being played with their interactive treadmill and the Oculus VR Rift headset. Check it out below.
For the uninitiated, the Virtuix Omni treadmill was Kickstarted through crowd-funding. It's an interactive device where – as showcased in the video above – you can use your real-life movements to dictate the direction and movement of the on-screen character. It's truly and legitimately the next step toward the holodeck.
The Omni treadmill is oftentimes paired with the Oculus Rift because it gives you a near full-sensory immersion into the game, barring smell, taste and touch. However, movement, sight and sounds are very much brought to life with the combination of augmented reality hardware.
In the case of GTA V, it doesn't natively support the Oculus Rift, but modders have been slowly rolling out support for these new devices and technologies. They've also recently released new graphics enhancement mods for the game, but you'll need a very beefy rig to support them. Keep in mind that these graphics enhancement mods aren't just your run-of-the-mill upgrades; they literally improve the game in ways that almost rival the visual quality and integrity of path tracing.
As mentioned at the top of the article, Rockstar has encrypted the files for GTA V. Hence, the reason why mods aren't just spilling out for the game the way they did for GTA IV when it released. For now, modders have only been able to tinker with things like trainers and cheats but they're already actively making headway into being able to edit and re-encrypt the files so they're readable in GTA V. Once the re-encryption process is done and complete expect a torrent of mods to flood the netwaves for Rockstar's highly awaited PC release of GTA V.
Quite naturally, this means that you won't see Superman, the Hulk or Ironman mods in the latest Grand Theft Auto outing just yet. It means that it's going to take some time and that could be anywhere between right now or a few months from now. It all depends on how well the re-encryption process goes.
In the interim, if you have a devkit version of the Oculus Rift or Omni treadmill, you can attempt to enjoy GTA V with the immersion-inducing gaming hardware to add a whole new level of interactivity to the gaming experience.
The Oculus Rift and Omni treadmill don't have consumer versions of the hardware out just yet, but you can pre-order the Omni package from their official website. The Oculus Rift is also scheduled to launch sometime this year. GTA V is available right now on home consoles and PC.