Finally got all the things I needed to hook my Quest 2 up to my shiny new PC and play some SW: Squadrons. Given that this is more or less a dream I’ve had since I was a kid, and how excited I was for getting this working, there was a substantial risk that it would be merely very good, and thus not live up to my expectations.
I think it’s actually better than I was hoping. I mean, space sims and VR are made for each other. I’m going to have a slightly difficult time playing them on a flat screen now, as it’ll feel like someone has clamped my head so that it only looks forward. Squadrons is a significant step up from that. If you’ve played it, no doubt you’ve spent some time in the hanger appreciating the frankly bonkers amount of detail that went into those cockpits. Depth perception is the last great piece of personality that completes the picture.
Did you know those TIE cockpit-spheres are quite roomy? You feel like you can stretch out in those things. Still maybe a tad claustrophobic, though, because you can only really see out that big porthole, and your instruments are raised high enough to occupy most of the lower half of it. That’s good, because you really depend on those instruments for awareness. Whereas an X-Wing, or an A-Wing in particular feel very cramped, but you can see in all directions. There’s a freedom to it, but also a real sense of exposure.
On top of that, big ships now actually look big. It also helps that the game is both naturally very pretty, and plays great. I want a full sequel, though.
I also had a first go at No Man’s Sky. I started a new save, because the VR interface is quite different, and the tutorials are useful again. I’m almost at the point where I can get my ship up and running, and I’m pretty excited to get flying. In the mean time, I’ve been wowed first by looking up and seeing a three planet conjunction right overhead, which is very No Man’s Sky, and also by looking up as a giant sandworm launched itself right overhead. This is VR, so I do mean giant. OK game, you got me. I’m in.