One of the biggest virtual reality (VR) releases of 2017 was a videogame that was six years old, with Bethesda Softworks bringing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR to PlayStation VR just before Christmas. Now its the turn of the console headsets PC brethren, as the massive open-world adventure comes to Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR for SteamVR is exactly how you remember the videogame, the shear scale of it, the crafting the looting, the magic, and of course the Dragons, all with just with one major difference, you’re actually in the world for the first time.
The PC version promises to be even more immersive than the PlayStation VR release, with all three headsets offering full roomscale tracking capabilities for you to wander over and pick/interact with items as well as the normal standing and seated options. Bethesda Game Studios has ensured complete compatibility with each of the head-mounted displays (HMDs) controllers, offering both teleportation and smooth locomotion systems depending on preference. The same goes for other mechanics like lock picking – on HTC Vive for example you swipe left and right on either touchpad to position the pin, then press either trigger to turn the lock – plus you’ll find a range of VR specific settings inside the menu to fine tune things.
Up to this point VRFocus has extensively covered The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR, reviewing the title for launch, giving it a full five stars and commenting: “for those who dreamed of a truly immersive role-playing experience, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VRis simply the best opportunity available today.”
There was also the little Christmas feature ‘My Life as an Adventurer: Skyrim VR‘ where the Editor recalled his many escapades. Below is another The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR gameplay video but this time recorded on the HTC Vive version. VRFocus will of course continue its coverage of Bethesda Game Studios and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR, reporting back with any further updates.