Virtual reality (VR) technology is already being applied, experimented with and prototyped across the wide range of videogame genres. But, while horror, puzzles and other experiences are set to thrive on head-mounted displays (HMDs) such as the Oculus Rift, one genre that isn’t as obvious a fit is the fighting genre. This popular style of videogame may not strike an immediate chord for potential VR support, but it appears that Japanese publisher Capcom is considering integration with Street Fighter V, the upcoming entry in the iconic fighting franchise.
Hadoken.net has reported that decryption of Street Fighter V‘s recent PC Beta has uncovered the potential VR support. The data mining has dug up files related to the Oculus Rift itself, though Capcom is yet to comment on what this could mean. The company is known to be heavily invested in VR, having already revealed a horror tech demo simply known as Kitchen on Sony Computer Entertainment’s HMD for PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR. The piece has been on display at recent events around the world, and Capcom has since confirmed that its Resident Evil team is working with VR tech.
Of course, Street Fighter V is also on its way to PlayStation 4 as a console exclusive. This begs the question as to if the title might support PlayStation VR too. The data dump also doesn’t appear to contain any files relating towards the other major PC-based VR HD, the HTC Vive, but it’s always possible that Capcom could support this too if VR integration is going to happen. Street Fighter V is set to release in March 2016, which should mean it arrives either after, on, or just before the Oculus Rift’s Q1 2016 release, while PlayStation VR is expected to hit in the first half of the same year.
VRFocus will continue to follow Street Fighter V closely, reporting back with any further VR-related updates on the title.