The latest entry in Codemasters’ annual Formula 1 series, F1 22, will be the first to offer VR support for PC gamers – but PlayStation owners hoping for the same compatibility in the future should temper their expectations.
In an exclusive interview with TechRadar, the game’s lead creative director, Lee Mather, revealed that Codemasters has “no plans at this time” to add VR support for either game. PlaystationVR or under development PSVR 2.
“We have been studying virtual reality for some time and we want to integrate it into our F1 game without compromise,” said Mather. “We’ve partnered with a team that has worked on other Codemasters titles and it’s taken us several years to get us to this point where we know we can deliver a premium experience for our players.”
F1 22 is set to release July 1 through PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox series X, Xbox series S and pc. During the game’s official reveal in April, Codemasters announced that only PC gamers would be able to race in VR at launchbut it was unclear whether the developer intended to offer PlayStation VR users the same feature later.
Now, however, we know console gamers may have to wait until F1 2023 for the fun.
The current list of VR headsets compatible with F1 2022 on PC are the following:
Impressively, the option to play in VR on PC will be available in all 22 F1 modes, and those who choose to do so will be able to compete against non-VR players as well.
Additionally, Codemasters has implemented several features to ensure that driving at speeds over 200 mph in VR is as realistic as possible. The game will use binaural audio, for example, to simulate the feel of 3D racing sounds, while rain droplets and grime will also collect on players’ virtual visors.
The experience won’t be as sickening as it actually is. “Due to the speed and severity of movement of an F1 car, we need to ensure that significant impacts are not too shocking to a player,” Senior Creative Director Mather told us. “We don’t want them to feel uncomfortable.”
Introducing the new era of Formula 1
As disappointed as PlayStation VR owners may be to learn that VR support isn’t coming to consoles anytime soon, there’s still plenty to get excited about with F1 22.
Alongside cooperative multiplayer and the usual slate of updates, the all-new Formula 1 location, Miami International Speedway, makes its debut in the upcoming game. You can check it out via the recently released images below:
F1 22 also introduces a new adaptive AI system for “less experienced players” that will adjust the pace of the AI cars based on your performance – if you’ve never played an F1 game before, trust us when we say this feature is a welcome one.
Elsewhere, Codemasters has added a customizable hub – dubbed F1 Life – which allows players to collect supercars, apparel and accessories (think of it as the driving sim equivalent of a shiny apartment in GTA V), while Formula 2 and My Team modes return. with their own set of upgrades.
F1 22 is available for pre-order now for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PC. Its release is scheduled for July 1, 2022.