Fans of Microsoft Flight Simulator struggling to get the latest version of the game, scheduled to be released in August as either a digital download or a massive 10-DVD boxed set. It turns out that the developer Asobo Studio has another surprise for fans: virtual reality headset support.
But temper your enthusiasm. Polygon reports it Flight simulator will be compatible with only one VR headset at launch, HP Reverb G2. That headset does not even have a verified street date – it’s pre – ordered for $ 600 right now. It’s a big blow for the VR niche, where Valve / HTC’s Vibe and Facebook’s Oculus lines dominate the small but passionate player population.
Simulation-style games perform particularly well in VR, as you sit in a stationary cockpit and handle a bunch of control panels that work well with the physical limitations of the hardware. Players of “simulation” games, from Formula One cars to forklifts, also seem to be digging deep into virtual reality. Flight simulator in VR appeals to a wide range of these players.
However, they should not worry too much: the developer says it plans to support Vive and Oculus headsets in the future. So you will be able to make the perfect landing in VR … eventually. In other good news, Microsoft Flight Simulator will be available in the massively popular Steam game store, in addition to Microsoft’s own Windows Store.