The announcement came this week over on the Project CARS website showing clear aspirations for VR tech. Slightly Mad state that, “Virtual reality is a perfect fit for racing games since the game world literally comes rushing towards you from the distance and the increased sense of depth and speed that stereoscopic vision affords you makes this incredibly real and tangible.”
Indeed for a racing sim that is striving to be as real as possible by including real cars and tracks, tyre deformation, night lighting and dynamic weather effects, the inclusion of immersive virtual reality seems a natural progression.
Aswell as embellishing the sensation of racing at speed, Project CARS will use VR to give a much more detailed experience with the driving interface. By using internal cameras Slightly Mad promise that, “not only can you look around the cockpit and see everything from a first-person perspective, but using head-tracking via the PlayStation Camera you can also now move around the cockpit too – peer closer at some intricate detail or turn around and look out of the back window.”
Project CARS which was abandoned on PS3 and Xbox 360 in favour of 8th gen consoles is due for release towards the end of 2014 for PS4, Xbox One Wii U and PC. A version for SteamOS is also planned along with support for Oculus Rift.
Slightly Mad Studios at the time of writing are still planning on offering Oculus functionality despite other games devs distancing themselves from Oculus VR following the announced Facebook purchase.
Are you excited by the prospect of VR racing sims? What upcoming games would you like to see supporting VR tech? Also if you’re a PS4 gamer will you be getting a Morpheus headset? Please feel free to comment.