We finally got an in-depth look at Hogwarts’ legacy at PlayStation’s latest State of Play event. While the average Harry Potter fan has found a lot to excite them, I’m personally looking forward to seeing something that may not even be in the development pipeline yet. And it’s PSVR 2 support.
The PSVR 2 is already expected to be among the best VR headsets on the market. The second iteration of PlayStation VR is expected to include some drastic improvements including improved Sense VR2 controllers and new features like eye tracking, 4K screens for each eye and even a small ventilation port that keeps you cool in the middle of the ride. part.
Hogwarts in VR would be good for Sirius
From what we saw during the latest State of Play event, players will have plenty of opportunities to explore the vast grounds of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and beyond. In fact, the prospect of wandering the richly detailed world of Harry Potter has even drew the attention of those who aren’t even fans of the franchise.
The next open-world RPG is set to release on all platforms, including Xbox series X, computer, and even the nintendo switch. However, this could also be a great opportunity for PlayStation to flesh out its offering and give away PS5 owners a more unique perspective on the wizarding world.
Interacting with the environment in VR would undoubtedly bring a whole new level to the gameplay. Whether it’s brewing potions, flying around Hogwarts on a hippogriff, or caring for fantastical beasts in your own menagerie, the possibilities would be endless.
And don’t even get me started on Quidditch. While there was an unofficial fan-made game called VR Researcher it gave Oculus Quest 2 owners a little taste of what it would be like to play Quidditch, having the ability to zoom on a broomstick in a triple-A game like Hogwarts Legacy would be a great selling point in itself.
Swish and flick
Naturally, spellcasting will be a big part of the Harry Potter RPG. Given how much emphasis the game seems to place on magical combat, the prospect of waving a VR2 Sense controller like a wand is incredibly exciting (admittedly at the risk of breaking a living room window).
According to Harry Potter lore, each spell requires a specific type of wand movement to perform successfully. With an avalanche of charms, curses, counter-spells that your player character can learn along the way, implementing this type of interactivity in the game’s dueling mechanics would make my childhood dreams come true. Some older games like the PC version of Harry Potter and 2009’s Half-Blood Prince did something similar by tying spellcasting to mouse movements, and I personally found that to be the one of the most memorable game mechanics to date.
While the possibility of VR support is quite debatable, for starters, the wand movements may not be that far off the mark. Since Hogwarts Legacy is also set to release on Nintendo Switch, the developers could potentially consider using Joy-Con controllers as wands as well.
How realistic is VR support?
PSVR 2 support for Hogwarts Legacy sounds spellbinding on paper, but it’s hard to gauge how realistic it would be for developers to actually make it happen.
First of all, the potential price of the PSVR 2 headset could play a major role in its spread. According to Forbes, the original PlayStation VR headset has sold more than five million units since its launch in 2016. But if the latest iteration is too expensive and exceeds the price of most consumers, it could prove difficult for PlayStation to convince Avalanche Software to dedicate the necessary resources to implement VR support for what would be a very small player base. There’s also the lingering problem of getting PS5 consoles into the hands of consumers.
Being a natively third-person game, it might also be a bit difficult for Hogwarts Legacy to implement its gameplay in VR without having to create separate, bespoke modes. While this has certainly been done before with big-name titles like Skyrim, it takes a lot of time and effort that most developers might not be ready to commit. But if they ever decide to do so, I will have no choice but to shout “Accio Wallet!” “.