Star Wars Battlefront VR Coming As A PlayStation VR Exclusive

Written by Neil Soutter on Wed, Mar 16, 2016 2:00 PM
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DICE has announced Star Wars Battlefront VR! Err, but there’s a bit of a catch. Revealed during Sony’s live event at GDC (Game Developers Conference), Star Wars Battlefront VR will sadly be exclusive to the PlayStation VR headset.

Sony’s headset is coming in October priced at $399, and early reports show Amazon ran out of stock worldwide is less than 10 minutes. A well priced headset is all well and good, but you’d think what people need is the software to play on it. Star Wars Battlefront VR promises to be just such an experience, with DICE creating an entirely new game designed for virtual reality play.

While it bears the Star Wars Battlefront name then, it won’t be the same experience we’ve been playing since November. Sony, DICE and publisher EA are all remaining extremely coy on the details, but I’d have to guess this may not be a multiplayer title. First-person lightsabre combat would be a no-brainer, as would ship-to-ship battles in Star Wars Battlefront’s dogfighting mode.

Unfortunately it does appear as if Star Wars Battlefront VR will be coming to neither the Oculus Rift nor the HTC Vive, but that does indicate it’s going to be a smaller scale title than the main outing.

Speaking of which, the first DLC pack, Outer Rim, is due out in the next two or so weeks. It’s got two new Heroes in the shape of Greedo and Nien Numb, as well as new maps and an increased level cap. At the very least we should be able to finally find out who shot first.

What do you reckon then, sad to see Star Wars Battlefront VR given the exclusive treatment? Or do you think it’ll be a dud? Let us know!

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17:49 Mar-16-2016

The requirements will be sky high for the pc. A gtx titan x recommended or 980 ti sli . (Not sure)

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15:16 Mar-16-2016

On PC is needed an GTX 970 for VR (it's the recommended...), but a console which is comparable to GTX 750 Ti is compatible. WTF?

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15:23 Mar-16-2016

PS4's GPU is stronger than a 750Ti

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16:36 Mar-16-2016

Sure guys, downvote me for stating DAMN FACTS. PS4 1.843 TERAFLOPS. 750Ti 1.4 TERAFLOPS. PS4 3-4GiB VRAM for games. 750Ti 2GiB VRAM. PS4 1152 shaders. 750Ti 700 shaders. PS4 72 ROPS, 8 ACE engines etc. PS4 is faster and that is a FACT

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20:39 Mar-16-2016

No, it's not. Raw performance is the exact same as a Radeon HD 7850. Look at the benchs. With driver support of course, the 7850 surpasses it.

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11:47 Mar-17-2016

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He is right. If you take ACEs into account PS4 is much faster than 750 Ti. Even xbox one GPU is faster than 750 Ti when async compute is utilized properly. Rise of the tomb raider on Xbox One uses all of its asynchronous compute engines (ACEs) in the GPU for a certain graphical feature it's volumetric lighting IIRC. And mind you not all game makes use of async compute on consoles, very few do one of them being ROTTR and recently the new hitman.

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11:50 Mar-17-2016

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An i3/750 Ti machine running ROTTR at 1080p on XB1 settings gets worse frame-rates than XB1 at 1080p. You need to run the game at 900p on 750 Ti at XB1 settings to match XB1 frame-rates. Hitman also heavily makes use of async compute on both consoles and even an OCed 750 Ti gets nowhere near what frame-rate the PS4 is getting in that game. Expect more games to make use of async compute in both consoles going forward. FYI, there are total 8 ACEs in PS4 GPU (same amount of ACEs found in a 290X) compared to only 2 in XB1. 750 Ti doesn't have any ACEs.

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12:29 Mar-17-2016

Also in that article that's not a benchmark, just approximates. They're just using an algorithm to calculate performance.They didn't actually benchmark the PS4 and XB1 GPUs.

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15:15 Mar-17-2016

You keep telling yourself that crap Yiannis

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18:16 Mar-16-2016

I said it's comparable. It's between GTX 750 Ti and GTX 760, maybe closer to GTX 660. But most PC games run with better graphic quality and FPS on GTX 750 Ti than on PS4.

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09:30 Mar-17-2016

Because the PS4 CPU is weak too.This isn't always only about GPU power.

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15:17 Mar-17-2016

Stop lying. PS4 is faster than a 750Ti. Believe what you want.

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17:29 Mar-17-2016

No bro . Check digital foundry benchmarks, it nearly beats the ps4 gpu.

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17:39 Mar-17-2016

@ md_rayan the gpu of xbox one( between hd 7770 and 7790 ) is worse than gtx 750 ti . Please research on Google before commenting some rubbish.

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18:25 Mar-17-2016

@Ppkn6688 Rise Of The Tomb Raider:
Digital Foundry:
"First and foremost, the venerable DF budget PC with an i3 processor and GTX 750 Ti finally met its match with Rise of the Tomb Raider. Running with settings similar to Xbox One, we found that testing areas saw the game turn in frame-rates between 13 and 25fps. In comparison, the AMD test featuring an R7 360 fared even worse with performance numbers dropping all the way into the single digits at these settings. The game is quite scalable, so it becomes possible to achieve more playable frame-rates b-

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18:27 Mar-17-2016

-y dialling back the more demanding settings, but it's important to note these limitations. This is one of the few cases where our budget PC failed to get close to console performance levels"

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18:39 Mar-17-2016

Above quote from DF's article. And please you do some research on google about Asynchronous Compute and how games going forward are gonna benefit from it before commenting some rubbish.
There are no ACEs in 750 Ti therefore compared to console GPUs it's inferior when both XB1 and PS4 GPUs are utilized to their full potential.
Article on XB1's usage of async compute in rise of the tomb raider:


http://gearnuke.com/rise-of-the-tomb-raider-uses-async-compute-to-render-breathtaking-volumetric-lighting-on-xbox-one/

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11:08 Mar-18-2016

Check out other games benchmarks on digital foundry the gtx 750 ti out performs xbox one. The majority of games run better on gtx 750ti . Even if the gtx 750 ti doesn't have any ACE 's it still beats the xbox one in most of the games. You moron stop commenting rubbish and don't copy my words you have also done it earlier .

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12:53 Mar-18-2016

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You dumb fck I've already said it that very few games make use of async compute and it's only in the future more and more games are gonna make use of it. Recent games have best possible implementation of async compute like I said before in games such as rise of the tomb raider, hitman. Stop replying if you don't understand sht.
Again, google about Asynchronous Compute and how games going forward are gonna benefit from it before commenting rubbish like you always do.

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13:25 Mar-18-2016

then I was correct that gtx 750 ti beats xbox one . you should agree it , dont be so fuc@ing rude. People like you dont like to agree that they are wrong . You have also proved it earlier you dumbA@S .

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23:17 Mar-18-2016

Still doesn't disprove the fact that the PS4 is faster than a 750Ti. I never personally mentioned the Xbox.

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08:18 Mar-19-2016

The gtx 750 ti nearly beats the ps4 gpu. Go check the benchmarks on digital foundry

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11:40 Mar-19-2016

Idiot, NEARLY does NOT mean BEAT

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13:07 Mar-19-2016

Unbelievable. I've stated facts this entire time and you all don't believe me. PS4 is faster than a 750Ti. If something is nearly as good as something, it is not BETTER than something. The PS4, both on paper, and in real world performance is ahead of the 750Ti. You're all sick in the head. Keep denying. PS4 is faster.

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14:52 Mar-19-2016

c'mon chill out bro , don't be so rude , the gtx 750ti beats the ps4 in most of the titles and in other titles the ps4 beats gtx 750ti .

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21:25 Mar-19-2016

Beats PS4 in most titles? That's full of crap and you know that.

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07:37 Mar-20-2016

BRO, shut up I dont want to waste my time by arguing with a moron like you .

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08:35 Mar-20-2016

A moron for stating facts. Sure, do me a favour and PTFO

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14:56 Mar-16-2016

I'm a little curious on how this will looks, and how the plei 4 will performs in vr...

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14:48 Mar-16-2016

SONY trying to monopolise everything.. thats why no PC gamers likes them

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14:35 Mar-16-2016

We have VR exclusives before VR itself, good job industry! We will probably see SWBF-VR Premium before the game itself too.

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15:24 Mar-16-2016

Sounds like EA

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14:20 Mar-16-2016

The tiny hope that's left for VR ever being viabe to the mass market would be to not have much fragmentation.


GG Sony, another reason why I really dislike the company tbh

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14:25 Mar-16-2016

Competition brings the prices down. Would you rather have an Oculus monopoly with prices skyhigh?

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14:46 Mar-16-2016

Ofc I want (and it's needed) competion regarding the hardware. But i don't want all VR headsets to have their own store with compatible games.


We don't need the whole exclusive crap, if you want to play game A and B you absolutly don't want to buy 2 VR headsets.

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