One genre of arcade gaming that works surprisingly well in virtual reality (VR) is that of the classic pinball machine. When it comes to options for Oculus Rift users however the choice has been fairly limited, with the best being Zen Studios’ Pinball FX2 VR. That could be about to change next month when Stern Pinball Inc. and FarSight Studios launch Stern Pinball Arcade for the headset.
Stern Pinball Arcade originally launched for Samsung Gear VR back in 2016, before coming to Steam as a non-VR version. In October the Oculus Rift will get the most advanced version of the videogame yet, with ten new tables based on classic and modern Stern pinball tables.
For the first time Stern Pinball tables will be available digitally on a VR platform with positional tracking, adding precise detection of where the user is looking and interacting with the experience. This should result in a far more immersive pinball experience, allowing them to really get into and view the tables.
“The Oculus Rift version of Stern Pinball Arcade is the most technologically advanced virtual pinball simulation ever created,” said Bobby King from FarSight Studios. “We’ve had a lot of fun bringing Stern’s beloved titles to VR. We think both pinball fans and VR enthusiasts are going to really love this offering.”
“Virtual Reality is a natural extension of exposing and expanding the fun of pinball to the global entertainment audience,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc. “Stern truly values our partnership for developing these new pinball platforms with Oculus and FarSight Studios.”
To mark the launch, this Thursday, 27th September FarSight Studios will be hosting a pre-reveal stream which begins at 6:00 PM CT on Twitch.
The new Stern Pinball Arcade will be available on Oculus Rift starting 4th October from the Oculus Store for free app with one table unlocked for unlimited play: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Other tables to unlock are Ghostbusters, Star Trek, Mustang, AC/DC, Last Action Hero, Phantom of the Opera, Starship Troopers, High Roller Casino, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, and Harley Davidson. Modern Stern Tables are $9.99 USD while Classic Stern Tables are $4.99. For any further updates keep reading VRFocus.