After confirmation last month that the game would be coming to the platform, Borderlands 2 VR is now available on PC. The PC release comes almost a full year after the initial release on PlayStation VR in December last year.
The game is available on the Steam store and lists support for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and the Valve Index – the latter of which is a nice addition, since it was not listed when the PC VR version’s release date was announced last month. Unfortunately, while the app launches on an Index it displays Vive Wands in place of the Index controllers and that causes instant confusion. We’ve reached out to Gearbox for comment about the inclusion of Index support on the Steam page and will update this post if we hear back.
UPDATE: 2K Games confirmed to us that listing Valve Index support on the Steam page “was a mistake” and have issued a statement. You can read more details here.
Of course, the game was not initially designed for VR – it’s a port of the original Borderlands 2 game on PC and consoles. This means that, a bit like Skyrim VR and other ports, the game isn’t built from the ground up for VR. Despite this, David was still a fan of the game in his review of the PSVR version, and any complaints came from a place of love for the Borderlands franchise.
However, perhaps David’s biggest gripe with the PSVR version was the lack of any form of co-op multiplayer, which the original version of the games leaned so heavily on. “Borderlands 2 VR is a good port of a great game that could have been better,” he wrote. “The small gameplay tweaks aren’t enough to rewrite a game that was designed around four-player co-op, but the core of the experience is so strong, rewarding, and entertaining that it serves as a feature-rich and exciting VR shooter in its own right despite its flaws.”
If you’re a Borderlands newcomer looking to get started today, be sure to check out our 6 tips to help you survive the wasteland of Pandora or check out our list of 10 things we couldn’t wait to do before jumping into the game for the first time.
Post updated with additional details after publication after trying the game out with a Valve Index headset.