With Bethesda’s Creation Engine 2 breathing new life into an incredible new universe, is there a Starfield VR option in the works?
Starfield is one of the most expansive universes Bethesda has ever created, and a Starfield VR (Virtual Reality) mode would provide an innovative way to immerse yourself in over 1000 planets. It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen virtual reality brought to a Bethesda title, but the future of a VR mode in Starfield is somewhat uncertain.
Will there be Starfield VR at launch?
Bethesda has not announced any plans to introduce a VR mode to Starfield as of the time of writing. The June 2023 showcase did not shed any light on the possibility of a VR mode, and there’s been no word since the release date either. Right now, it looks like we’re going to have to wait for the modding community to come up with some VR Starfield mods if we want to adventure through Akila City, New Atlantis, and beyond in virtual reality.
Has Bethesda done VR before?
Yes! Bethesda has previously created VR modes for Skyrim, Fallout 4, DOOM, and Wolfenstein Cyberpilot. Fallout 4 VR was released in December 2017, and Skyrim VR was released in April 2018. Both were received positively by Bethesda fans, and included a number of changes to better fit the VR platform.
Virtual reality versions of Skyrim and Fallout launched as standalone copies of the original base games and have since received considerable love from the modding community. Just a few notable contributions include unofficial bug fixes, locational damage, and making the player’s hands visible.
Flying through space in Starfield VR
Taking everything into account, it’s not impossible that Starfield will get a VR mode eventually. It could retail as a separate version of the game, much like its predecessors, or it could be an upcoming Starfield DLC or expansion.
Imagine flying through an asteroid belt while piloting a ship in VR. Imagine jetpacking across a laser-strewn battlefield. Imagine exploring the 1000 planets of the Settled Systems. If Starfield does get VR, it could be phenomenal.
How to play Starfield in VR now
Unsurprisingly, the inventive Starfield modding community were able to create a workaround to bring virtual reality compatibility to Starfield less than a month after the release date. Numerous modders are building more advanced tools, but gamers who are keen to experience VR in Starfield can install the compatibility via VorpX using the video tutorial created by YouTuber VoodooDE VR.
However, given the number of finetuning and quirks required to use the above method, you might want to hold out for official VR support, or a mod that has full access to the Creation Engine 2 following the January 2023 Creation Kit 2 release.