The newly announced Grand Theft Auto San Andreas VR port probably won’t come PSVR, at least not anytime soon. Rockstar Games has already ventured into virtual reality with The black who eventually arrived at PSVR, but GTA San Andreas comes out under different circumstances. On October 28, 2021, Facebook announced that GTA San Andreas is coming to Quest 2, but no other platform has been mentioned.
The reveal was aimed specifically at this device and the announcement itself was made by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. It was a pretty big moment during the tech giant’s Facebook Connect event and it certainly makes it seem like some deals were made behind closed doors to bring this game to life. Rockstar has been working on the game since at least 2020. , because there were rumors of a new Rockstar VR game in the summer of last year.
Rockstar is a little busy preparing for the upcoming November release of the remastered RGT trilogy, so details are a bit sparse on this new VR version of San Andreas. All that has been revealed is that the game will arrive on Oculus Quest 2 at some point in the future, but no footage or screenshots have been released. That said, if the game was coming to other platforms, Rockstar would probably have confirmed it already.
Why Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas VR likely won’t arrive on PlayStation VR at launch
Rockstar is unlikely to bring this version of San Andreas to other platforms at launch, if ever, for several reasons. The main reason is that Rockstar and Facebook have likely made some sort of deal to bring the game to Oculus Quest 2 exclusively. The fact that the news was announced at a Facebook event and that Rockstar has not followed any blog posts to clarify other VR platforms indicates that there is nothing more to say. really on the project at the moment.
Following the recent release of Resident Evil 4 VR on Oculus Quest 2, it looks like Facebook is leveraging its deep pockets to secure massive games from some of the biggest developers. At the very least, Facebook will want to try and keep GTA San Andreas as a timed exclusive for a number of months or years. That said, there is always the possibility that it will switch to other platforms later. While it’s not clear if there was some sort of deal involved, The black was a Vive exclusive before finally arriving on Oculus after a few months and PSVR two years later.
That said, current PlayStation technology may also be too limited for something as complex as Grand Theft Auto. Earlier this year, Sony detailed the new PlayStation VR 2 and confirmed that it will be much more versatile than the previous iteration. Not only will the controllers be more in tune with the competition, but they’ll also likely be able to harness the power of the PS5 more. That said, Rockstar may have to wait to bring GTA San Andreas at PSVR2, especially if it is held back by a sort of timed exclusivity with Facebook.
It’s unclear how dense this new version of the iconic PS2-era game will be, as The black was a scaled-down version of the original game. If it’s really full Grand Theft Auto San Andreas experience, it is difficult to say whether PSVR can really keep up with that, even though it’s an older game. Virtual Reality is such an intensive extension of gaming support and it will certainly be a challenge to accurately capture the magic of Rockstar’s beloved open world epic in this space, especially if it is a console.
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