PlayStation 4 Games Offering Free VR ‘Upgrade’ for Existing Owners
PlayStation 4 videogames will receive free compatibility updates for PlayStation VR.
There’s a selection of PlayStation 4 videogame titles that are set to receive virtual reality (VR) support upon the launch of the PlayStation VR head-mounted display (HMD) later this year. Until this point, it was suspected that some of these titles might require an additional purchase or paid ‘upgrade’ for PlayStation VR compatibility, however it’s now been confirmed that at least a handful will be offered to existing owners as a free download.
Hustle Kings VR, Super Stardust Ultra VR and Bound are all set to receive PlayStation VR support at launch. Previously, only the latter of these three titles had been confirmed as receiving a compatibility update for free, and given that both the original PlayStation 4 versions of Hustle Kings and Super Stardust Ultra launched some time ago you’d be forgiven for thinking that they’d required additional financial investment on behalf of the player to receive an update. A recent update to the PlayStation Store, however, suggests otherwise, offering brand new purchases at full price and free updates for existing owners.
Conversely, DriveClub VR is set to be launched as a brand new title with new tracks made available for the existing non-VR videogame. Star Wars: Battlefront is set to receive a PlayStation VR add-on free-of-charge, while both Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration and Final Fantasy XV will receive their VR supported experiences alongside the launch of the parent videogame.
There’s a mixed approach to distributing content for PlayStation VR, it seems. Electronic Arts (EA) and Square Enix appear keen to jump in but are less sure of their potential audience. Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is aiming to ensure early adopters have plenty of content available day one, but are reserving their biggest franchises for premium experiences.