SteamVR release will let HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality users enter the world of Skyrim.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of the most popular videogames of the modern era, and has seen a host of re-releases, including the recent release in virtual reality (VR) on PlayStation VR. Owners of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift who may have felt left out by the release can now celebrate as Bethesda have announced that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR will be coming to SteamVR.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR will be made available on Steam for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality, and is listed with a release date of 3rd April, 2018. A price point has not yet been confirmed.
It is not currently known how to move to PC will change the title, though it is clear that some changes will need to be made to accommodate the Oculus Touch, HTC Vive wands and Windows motion controllers, and to allow for room-scale immersion.
The release of Skyrim VR on PlayStation VR largely received a positive reception, with the release containing the entire core game, as well as the official expansions, Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn, all of which have been moved into VR for players to explore.
The major criticism of the title’s release on PlayStation VR concerned its control system, which though it was designed for VR, the default configuration relied on teleport movement and snap turning, which was not to the taste of all players. Bethesda later added smooth turning, and made the ability to access other movement settings made clear to users.
Most critics are expecting that the additional motion and comfort options will be included in the SteamVR release to accommodate the advantages that PC motion VR controllers have over the PlayStation Move systems.
Further information can be found on the Steam store page, and you can check out the VRFocussaid in its review of the PlayStation VR version which said: “A huge adventure lies in every direction and the player is free to go about whatever business they choose, however they choose to do so. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the closest VR has yet come to a truly free role-playing experience.”