Earlier this week reports came out that every PlayStation VR game would support the DualShock 4 controller. As it turns out, that isn’t quite true.
Creator Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) had previously stated that all games would support the traditional gamepad for the PlayStation 4. However, it recently updated its statement to The Verge, now stating that “nearly all” games could be played with the device. “There will be a limited number of titles that require Move controllers,” the statement concludes.
We sort of expected this backtrack, considering that there are some PS VR titles that frankly seem very dependent on PlayStation Move. Owlchemy Labs’ Job Simulator was one of the prime examples of this, and the developer’s Alex Schwartz has already confirmed to The Verge that the game did indeed require two PlayStation Move controllers in order to be played. Other titles like Untold Games’ Loading Human and upcoming ports of HTC Vive titles like EVEREST VR and The Gallery will likely follow suit.
Some games will even rely upon entirely new controllers. Impulse Gear’s Farpoint, for example, uses the new PlayStation Aim device, a gun-shaped peripheral that allows you to feel like you’re really holding a rifle. The experience provides such a step up from just using the normal DualShock 4 that it helped to restore my faith in the entire platform earlier this week.
PlayStation VR launches on October 13th, though you can start stocking up on the essential components now. The PlayStation Camera needed to track the device, for example, has been available since the launch of the PlayStation 4 itself, and the PlayStation Move controllers actually pre-date the kit, first releasing for the PlayStation 3. If you don’t want to pick up these bits on their own, then there will be a launch bundle for PS VR that includes them along with a copy of PlayStation VR Worlds. You won’t be able to pre-order it anymore, however.
Not long to go now; PS VR launches in a little under three months’ time.