How much patience have you got? Enough to play videogames relentlessly for hours on end? Well most gamers can probably say yes to that, but then it’s an entirely different matter when considering Penn & Teller’s cult classic Desert Bus. Dinosaur Games and Gearbox Software released the driving simulator for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift back in 2017, and now it looks like PlayStation VR owners will be able to while away the hours on the open road in the near future.
The information comes by way of PEGI (spotted by Push Square), which age rates videogames in Europe. Desert Bus VR has been rated 16, for PlayStation 4. It does note a release date of 31st December 2018, which has obviously now gone and there’s no sign of it on either the European or US PlayStation Store at present.
Originally part of an unreleased Sega CD title called Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors, Desert Bus was a mini-game that involved players being challenged to drive a poorly-maintained bus on the long journey between Tucson, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Reimagined with improved graphics and gameplay, the essence of the original has still been ported into Desert Bus VR, and that is drive a dodgy bus for eight-straight hours in real-time, with only the empty open road for company. There is one small cravat, the steering and wheel alignment is off, which means you have to constantly fight the bus to keep it on the road. Fail in this task and a tow truck will come and pick you up, driving you all the way back to the start in real-time for you to start the process all over again.
Desert Bus VR is free via Steam and on its official website for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, so it’s quite possible the PlayStation VR version will also be free, or at least very cheap considering the type of videogame it is. As further details are released regarding Desert Bus VR and its possible port to PlayStation VR, VRFocus will let you know.