The official VR mode for the Resident Evil 4 (2023) remake is now available on PSVR 2 as a free download to the base game. For those that don’t already own the game, Capcom has also released a free demo to give you a taste of the most immersive way to play this classic zombie horror shooter.
Update (December 15th, 2023): While a VR version of Resident Evil 4 (2005) has been available on Quest since late 2021, a complete remake of the game with modern graphics was released earlier this year.
And this week Capcom released a free VR mode for the game on PSVR 2, offering the most immersive way to play. Not only are you ‘in’ the game thanks to the headset, the VR mode takes the player into first-person, compared to the non-VR mode which is played in third-person.
Alongside the release of the PSVR 2 mode for the Resident Evil 4 remake is a free demo that can be played even if you don’t already own the base game.
And while the Resident Evil 4 remake is also available on PC, it seems unlikely that we’ll ever see the VR mode on that platform. Capcom has released VR modes on PlayStation for Resident Evil 7, Resident Evil 8, and now the Resident Evil 4 remake, but never for the PC versions of those same games.
The original article, which covered the release date announcement for the VR mode, continues below.
Original Article (November 30th, 2023): In the new VR mode, you can tackle the game’s main story, which pits you against crazed villagers, huge creatures (some may say even Gigantic), and other epic boss battles. Yes, that means you’ll be able to upgrade and blast away with all of the weapons from the main story.
While the PSVR 2 mode will be free to players of the game, the studio also announced it’s putting out a free demo at launch, which lets you experience the start of the game as well as try out the shooting range so you can get a taste for how each weapon shoots in VR.
What’s more, the game’s VR implementation was done by the same development team behind the full-length VR experiences of Resident Evil 7 biohazard and Resident Evil Village—two extremely well-done VR modes in their own right.
And just to avoid confusion: the VR mode coming exclusively to PSVR 2 on December 8th however isn’t the same as the Quest-exclusive refresh of Resident Evil 4 (2021), which was remastered from the 2005 original by Armature Studio using new textures and including its own self-developed, VR-native controls.