Yesterday’s big videogame news was that EA’s upcoming Star Wars: Squadrons would also be coming to virtual reality (VR) headsets. While cross-platform support was confirmed new details have been uncovered including recommended devices as well as how interactive the experience will be for players.
Over on a support page for Star Wars: Squadrons, it states that while there’s “full Virtual Reality (VR) support throughout the game and a cockpit view” for some reason only “PSVR or Oculus” are recommended. The Steam listing confirms support for HTC Vive and Valve Index so its slightly unusual for a big developer to recommend one over another – it’s more common with indies if they haven’t managed to test a particular headset.
Further details also reveal how interactive Star Wars: Squadrons is going to be from a VR perspective. Good news is that “controller, joystick, and hands on throttle-and-stick (HOTAS) support,” are included, so those with the kit will be able to enjoy X-wing, A-Wing or TIE fighter and TIE Bomber.an immersive Star Wars experience. Which sticks will be supported will be announced closer to launch.
Motion controls like Oculus Touch or PlayStation Move aren’t mentioned, however. The Steam listing goes so far to say: “The VR mode for this game requires the use of a gamepad or a keyboard and mouse.” So that’ll probably mean no interactive cockpit to play with which is a shame.
Even so, there’s still plenty to look forward to. Namely diving into the Star Wars universe once again, this time controlling some of the most iconic vehicles from the franchise. These include the X-wing, A-Wing, TIE fighter and TIE Bomber.
There will be a single-player campaign mode set after Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, but the core experience will be the team-based 5v5 multiplayer where you can be a Rebel or Imperial pilot. Star Wars: Squadrons will also feature upgradable ships so players can unlock new weapons, engines and shields.
Star Wars: Squadrons isn’t the only title from the franchise coming to VR headsets this year. Oculus and ILMxLAB recently announced Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge. As further details on both videogames are released, VRFocus will keep you updated.