The highly-anticipated new version of Microsoft Flight Simulator launches on Aug. 18, and now there’s some more good news for those of you who own a virtual reality headset: support is coming.
As Eurogamer reports, virtual reality won’t be in place at launch, but support is planned for later this year, although it will be a slow rollout. The first VR headset you’ll be able to play the game while wearing is the HP Reverb G2. “We’re starting with them,” explained Microsoft’s head of Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann, “There’s some extra work to be done for some of the others. I mean, we’re going to bring it to all the devices – all the common ones. It’s just going to take a few more months after that.”
Unlike certain airport destinations and planes, VR support will be offered as a free update for the game. It’s also likely to be extremely popular and could sell a few extra headsets for HP because of how good Flight Simulator looks. VR promises an even higher level of immersion for all amateur pilots out there, as well as a few professionals who want to get in some practice from the safety of their home during the pandemic.
If you’re in Europe and opting to purchase the physical edition of the game, there’s a chance the VR patch may arrive before Flight Simulator has finished installing. It does ship on 10 DVDs, after all. For those of you who plan on picking up a VR headset to play the game, note that the HP Reverb G2 isn’t set to launch until the fall and will cost $599.99.