The PlayStation VR accessory launched late last year to a lot of fanfare, but things have been pretty quiet throughout the majority of 2017. Sony has not abandoned the headset as several new games/experiences have been released thus far and there are more along the way. The functionality is also being implemented in the upcoming PS4-exclusive racing simulator Gran Turismo Sport. While it’s great that GT fans will be able to enjoy the game in VR, it should be noted that the experience won’t be as complex as the ‘normal’ version of the game.
It has been confirmed via the game’s official website that playing with PSVR will be limited to only 1-on-1 races. This ‘VR Drive’ mode is dedicated exclusively to giving the feeling of sitting in the driver’s seat with a detailed interior. If you want the full-scale racing experience, that will all be handled outside of VR mode. Here’s the description:
“The game is compatible with the PS VR, providing the user a 360 degree 3D environment to experience. There is a dedicated VR Drive mode in the Arcade Mode where you can drive one on one races as though you are really sitting in the driver seat, surrounded by a real car interior.”
While this may seem a bit disappointing, keep in mind that the processing power required for virtual reality is very great. High-end PCs are put to their paces when powering VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, so it’s understandable why PSVR functionality is so limited on PS4. GT Sport still offers an extensive set of cars, tracks and very realistic racing mechanics in the main game. PS4 Pro players who also own high-end 4K TVs will also be able to enjoy playing at a 4K resolution at 60FPS along with other visual enhancements like HDR and Wide Color Process.
Gran Turismo Sport races exclusively onto PS4 on October 17th.