As we make our way through the summer, we inch closer and closer to October. And with the emergence of the cool fall breeze comes also the introduction of Sony’s new virtual reality headset, the Plastation VR. Last week, Sony made a statement stating that all titles launching on the platform would also support the Playstation 4’s Dual Shock gamepad, but that statement left us and a few others a bit skeptical.
Titles like Job Simulator, which originally debuted on HTC’s Vive HMD, would seem almost pointless if used with the traditional PS4 controller, as the whole point of the experience is to simulate working in an office.
Here’s Sony’s original statement:
All PlayStation VR titles will support DualShock 4 controllers. However some game experiences will be enhanced with the use of peripherals such as Move or the recently announced Aim controller.
The statement also turned the head of Job Simulator developer Alex Schwartz. He mentioned that to his knowledge, Job simulator requires motion controllers, and should be one of the top launch titles for Sony’s new platform.
Job Simulator requires two Move controllers to play on PSVR. Job Simulator is one of Sony’s top demos on PSVR and they show our title everywhere. We are confident that Job Simulator will be one of the top launch titles for PSVR.
This was probably the straw that broke the camel’s back, as soon after, Sony issued a new statement which stated that “nearly” all titles will support the controllers.
Nearly all PlayStation VR titles will support DualShock 4 controllers, and several games will deliver an enhanced experience that further immerses gamers with the use of peripherals such as Move or the recently announced Aim controller. There will be a limited number of titles that require Move controllers.
Either way, it’s pretty cool that users will have the option to play with the dualshock remotes on most games. Although motion controllers objectively add quite a bit to the virtual reality experience, price and availability can be an issue. The possibility of multiplayer titles would also allow friends to pick up and play a game together while only having one set of motion controllers.
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Do you think adding controller support is a smart move on Sony’s part? They are likely to sell a huge amount of motion controllers regardless, as they are a large reason why HTC’s Vive has been seeing so much success.