5 racing games we want to play on PSVR 2

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Virtual reality adds a new layer of immersion and realism to racing games, giving you a better sense of what feels like to drive the world’s fastest cars at the limit. With a 4K resolution, increased field of view, and new haptic feedback controllers, PSVR 2 promises to take virtual-reality gaming to the next level.

So far, Horizon Call of the Mountain is the only confirmed PSVR 2 game. But racing games are a perfect fit for VR.

With a VR headset strapped to your face, you can look around your car’s detailed cockpit, glance at mirrors to monitor your opponent’s track positions, and get a better sense of speed and scale. With improved visuals and increased interactivity, PSVR 2's cutting-edge technology could revolutionise racing games.

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Without further ado, here are five racing games we want to play on PSVR 2.

Gran Turismo 7

As the PlayStation’s leading racing franchise, Gran Turismo 7 would undoubtedly be a technical showpiece for PSVR 2. Although PSVR 2 compatibility has not been confirmed, we would be very surprised if GT7 isn’t updated with VR support after release.

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Gran Turismo 7 would be a technical showpiece for PSVR 2

Series creator Kazunori Yamauchi has already expressed his enthusiasm about the future VR driving games. “The first thing that’s going to be affected by more power is VR,” he told GT Planet. “I don’t think that there’s anything else that requires that much processing power. I really like VR; I’m one to believe in the possibilities of it, and it’s very suited for a driving game.”

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GT Sport was playable with the original PSVR headset but was limited by the technology at the time. VR Tour Mode is restricted to races against one opponent or time trials. With the PSVR2’s superior power and innovative technology, we’re hoping to see full-grid VR races in GT7 and new modes that take full advantage of the technology.

Assetto Corsa Competizione

Assetto Corsa Competizione is getting a free PS5 upgrade for players who already own the PS4 version. Thanks to the PS5’s extra grunt, ACC will run at 4K resolution and 60fps, bringing Kunos Simulazioni’s sublime racing simulation on par with the PC version.

That said, PC players can experience ACC in VR with an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headset, but the PS4 version doesn’t support VR. We’re hoping this will change when PSVR 2 launches for PS5.  

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Assetto Corsa Competizione is getting a PS5 upgrade this month - will PSVR 2 support be added as well?

While you can race with a full grid of AI cars, ACC’s graphics and performance suffer in VR, even with a powerful graphics card. If it can run at a smooth frame rate without compromising the graphical fidelity, ACC will be essential on PS5 if PSVR 2 support is added.

UPDATE: Since the publication of this article Kunos Simulazioni has stated there are currently no plans to support PSVR 2 - Read the full story here

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Project CARS 4

Compatible with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, Project CARS 2 offers one of the most intense and immersive VR racing experiences, putting you in the thick of the action. With over 120 cars and more than 100 track layouts, it’s the complete VR racing package.

The only problem is that you need a powerful PC to get the full VR experience in high settings. On PS4, none of the Project CARS games offer VR support.

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Project CARS 4 could set the standard for PSVR 2 racing games if it comes to PS5

Thanks to its simplified handling and the removal of pit stops, tyre wear, and fuel usage, Project CARS 3 was a huge misstep. It effectively tarnished a brand associated with realism. But a sequel could redeem the franchise.

Former Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell has hinted that Project CARS 4 will be a return to form as “the most realistic racing game ever made.” It’s a bold claim, but Bell has left Slightly Mad Studios since then, so it’s not clear if Project CARS 4 is still in development. Given Slightly Mad's experience with VR, Project CARS 4 could set the standard for PSVR 2 racing games if it pulls up on PS5.

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Twisted Metal

After a ten-year hiatus, Twisted Metal could finally make a comeback on PS5. Rumours suggest Sony’s first-party studio Firesprite is rebooting the vehicular combat game for a new generation to coincide with the live-action TV show.

Firesprite is no stranger to VR games. The Liverpool-based developer previously worked on PlayRoom VR and the Persistence VR for PSVR and is developing Horizon Call of the Mountain for PSVR2.   

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Firesprite is reportedly rebooting Twisted Metal on PS5 - let's hope it has PSVR 2 support

This could be a golden opportunity for Sony to show how the PSVR 2 can reinvigorate old game franchises. VR support would make Twisted Metal’s carnage more intense, visceral, and engaging. You would need to have a strong stomach, though, the fast-paced nature of car combat could make some players feel queasy in VR. But if you can handle WipeOut Omega Edition’s dizzying speeds and anti-gravity tracks with a VR headset, you could probably handle a VR version of Twisted Metal.

DriveClub VR 2

DriveClub VR is underrated. Released as a PSVR launch title in 2016, this wasn’t just an add-on for DriveClub - it was a standalone game. It’s still one of the only full-featured PSVR racing games. Not only could you race against a full grid of cars, but you could race online in VR unlike in GT Sport when the servers were still active. And unlike GT Sport, the entire campaign was playable in VR.  

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DriveClub VR's immersion and content was impressive, but the blurry version

What let DriveClub VR down, though, was its blurry graphics. The ambitious title pushed the hardware to its limits, but the fuzzy visuals were headache-inducing. In worst cases, it made some players feel very sick. Playing DriveClub VR was like driving without your glasses on. The PSVR 2’s extra power and higher resolution would solve this.

Sadly, Sony has abandoned DriveClub after the original game’s disastrous launch on PS4. It’s unlikely that DriveClub VR will get a sequel, then, but we can dream.