Paddle by the ice caves in Antarctica, kayak with dolphins in Costa Rica, conquer a thunderstorm in Norway and uncover the canyons of Australia. In our kayaking sport, made solely for VR, you may discover these actual world places with photorealistic graphics. And it’s trying higher than ever on PS VR2 as Kayak VR: Mirage joins PS VR2’s launch line up.
The right showcase for PS VR2
Kayak VR: Mirage is a superb sport for newcomers and veterans of VR alike. In comparison with most types of locomotion in VR, paddling permits for a pure and intuitive method to transfer by an atmosphere, making it an incredible sport to point out off your brand-new headset to family and friends.
Apart from the visible constancy we additionally spent quite a lot of time on the sport’s physics. Whereas new gamers can rapidly get the dangle of the kayaking, extra skilled kayakers are in a position to maneuver with the accuracy they’d anticipate from an actual kayak. This give attention to pure physics additionally applies to the remainder of the atmosphere: crops, floating ice and particles all reply realistically to your paddle and kayak.
Unwind on the water
When designing the environments, we wished you to really feel such as you’ve arrived on the excellent time. Paddle beneath the Aurora Australis, marvel at a whale that comes up for air or hearken to the water breaking on the cliffs. These calming moments had been designed to counterbalance the plethora of excessive depth video games accessible in VR and enable you unwind after a protracted day or an intense gaming session.
Sea and wildlife are an enormous a part of our design philosophy. Watch penguins leaping off ice cliffs, a turtle making its manner from the seaside to the water and dolphins swimming alongside you if you decide up pace. You may even attempt catching a fish along with your paddle. However take it gently, like actual fish, they’ll swim away dynamically primarily based on the situation and pace of the impression.
Immersion and sound
Sound is essential for an immersive VR expertise so we actually took the time to nail the acoustics of the totally different places. Bumping your kayak right into a rock sounds totally different if you happen to’re in an ice cave in comparison with a shore in Norway. The overall soundscape additionally performs a key half in immersing you within the expertise, being caught in a thunderstorm doesn’t solely look intense, it additionally sounds intense.
The soundtrack is tuned to alter with the time of day and climate circumstances. For those who’re racing we offer you a push of encouragement with a stronger beat to choose up the tempo, whereas when paddling underneath the celebs at evening within the free trip mode you hear a extra calm and ethereal soundtrack.
The place sport and sports activities meet
Whether or not you need to take it simple and benefit from the surroundings or scratch that aggressive itch and get scorching and sweaty within the race mode, the sport’s received you coated. Each atmosphere has a number of tracks that permit you to asynchronously race towards your folks or these on the leaderboard. And even if you happen to don’t really feel like racing, the sport additionally tracks your each day and weekly distance traveled in any mode, so you may problem your self to go the space.
PS VR2’s foveated rendering and OLED HDR show
After we first noticed the sport on the PS VR2 we couldn’t consider how vivid the worlds felt. The Foveated Rendering permits the sport to look sharper than we have now ever seen it and PS VR2’s OLED HDR display provides the night-time ranges a brand new dimension.
We hope this data has received you as excited as we’re for the sport’s launch on February 22, 2023! Trying ahead to seeing you on the water!