When it comes to the addition of virtual reality (VR) support Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky: Beyond update has been grabbing all the headlines of late in preparation for next week. For fans of racing videogames, however, Codemasters has just dropped the exciting news that version 1.7 of DiRT Rally 2.0 has now arrived adding VR support.
Codemasters confirmed earlier in the year that it was working on VR support for Oculus Rift as fan feedback was so strong. The original DiRT Rally only supported the Oculus Rift, providing one of the best (and earliest) VR racing experiences. This time though, Codemasters is going one step further by adding OpenVR support for Steam into the mix. That means HTC Vive and Valve Index headsets will also be compatible with DiRT Rally 2.0.
The update is completely free to download for anyone who owns DiRT Rally 2.0, available via Oculus Store or Steam for £44.99 GBP. If you purchase the Oculus Rift edition will also receive five exclusive car liveries and be able to compete in special daily, weekly and monthly challenges. Additionally, the studio states: “All DiRT Rally 2.0 post-release content will be made available for Oculus at a later date.”
“Since launch, our community has been very vocal about wanting a VR version of DiRT Rally 2.0, so we’re delighted to bring this to the PC version,” said Ross Gowing, DiRT Rally 2.0 Game Director at Codemasters in a statement. “It turns out that for many of our players VR is the only way to experience a rally game, and this will enable them to enjoy playing like never before.”
For all those PlayStation VR owners out there, Codemasters has confirmed it has no plans to support the headset.
It’s not just VR support included with version 1.7 either. The studio has included DirtFish as a Test Drive location plus a bunch of branded liveries. DirtFish may also come to Freeplay in a future update. Naturally, there are several tweaks and improvements in the bonnet.
DiRT Rally 2.0 features racing locations in New Zealand, Argentina, Spain, Poland, Australia and the USA, with over 50 off-road cars to chose from. As further updates are announced for the VR version VRFocus will let you know.