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PS5 players can dive head-first into Resident Evil 4’s horror with the newly launched VR mode

It has finally arrived, and Capcom’s Resident Evil 4 remake has brought it’s survival-horror action to PSVR2 headsets.

It’s a bullet bonanza!

Announced last summer, the virtual reality mode has arrived for Capcom’s acclaimed remake of Resident Evil 4. The mode is exclusive to the PSVR2 for now, and puts players directly in the boots of Leon Kennedy, for a little first-person biohazard blasting.

But lest you think this is just a new playable segment, or that only certain parts of the story are playable with the headset, think again. Capcom has delivered the entire RE4 campaign, fully playable (basically) as an FPS.

Resident Evil 4 VR Mode transports players directly to into the game’s nightmarish world and allows them to truly become Leon S. Kennedy. Seeing the game’s familiar haunts through Leon’s eyes in VR adds a fresh level of intensity to his harrowing rescue mission. Players can now come face to face with Ganados and other frightening foes that feel as if they are right there. The vividly rendered environments look even more tangible when viewed in the PlayStation VR2’s 4K HDR display, and the 3D audio brings a whole new dimension to the eerie atmosphere.
Players can get up close and personal and interact with their surroundings in new ways with the realistic VR controls. The PlayStation VR2 Sense™ controllers allow for immersive inputs across puzzle-solving, exploration, and combat. Every tool in Leon’s arsenal is represented in incredible detail with haptic feedback that makes each firearm feel unique right down to the trigger. Weapons also include specific mechanics that are performed with authentic gestures, such as reloading shotguns with pumping actions or swinging Leon’s knife to execute parries and melee attacks.

Capcom press release

The VR mode for Resident Evil 4 is a free add-on for the core game, and was made available as of December 8th. Obviously you’ll need a copy of that game, plus the PSVR2 headset and VR2 Sense controllers to dig in, but it’s ready to go otherwise.

And if you don’t have a copy of Resident Evil 4, but you’d like to at least try this new experience, then we’ve got some good news for you. Capcom has launched a PS Store demo of it, right alongside the update, under the title “Resident Evil 4 VR Mode Gameplay Demo”.

With that free download, fans can get a feel for the VR version of the game’s first chapter “opening”, as well as the shooting range. That’s essentially a warmup for fans, who can get used to the new control scheme, and the game’s “realistic weapons mechanics”.

About Jason Micciche

Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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