If you own an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive and were looking forward to trying to play Battlefield 1 VR on it, you’ll have to wait for a while longer before you can. According to DICE, for now virtual reality in the upcoming World War 1 first-person shooter game isn’t a priority.
While DICE has already put together a Star Wars Battlefront VR mission where you pilot an X-wing, it’s likely that that sort of VR play is just a trial run until DICE can fully integrate the concept of virtual reality into its games.
In order for Battlefield 1 to have had a VR component, it would have had to have been planned much earlier. Making a VR game isn’t easy, and there’s a reason that most of the games available on the Oculus and HTC Vive are only small proof-of-concept games or short arcade games. Making an entire, Triple A game be able to run on it is something that will take a very long time.
However, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be any Battlefield 1 VR portions at all. There will still be some opportunities for DICE to put VR into the game, it will just require a good bit of work before it can happen. Considering DICE has already made an X-wing simulator, Battlefield fans may end up flying biplanes in VR soon, if DICE doesn’t have them driving armored cars or tanks or riding horses.
In the meantime, you’ll just have to play without any Battlefield 1 VR. The game’s open beta will be coming on August 31 for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC, and the game itself will be releasing in late October, on October 21 to be specific.
If you still can’t wait to get your hands on a DICE-made VR experience, there’s always the Star Wars: Battlefront X-wing missions that will be coming out sometime during the holidays this year.