The PSVR update for Wipeout Omega Collection seems like the kind of thing that was more than 20 years in the making. We all know that when the original Wipeout launched in 1995 it defined a big part of the new generation – with its bombastic techno soundtrack, striking aesthetic and blistering speed, it didn’t just feel futuristic in terms of the in-game fiction… it felt like gaming was finally moving away from the compressed audio nightmares and awkward early 3D of the past. Sure, the game itself wasn’t free from criticism – I personally felt like it wasn’t as lively as later games and I had more difficulty with racing than I did when playing 2097 – but with its effort to deliver a striking futuristic setting, it dragged gamers into a new future as well. Sequels soon followed – my personal favourites being PS1’s 2097 and Vita’s 2048 – and with the Omega Collection, the PS4 got its very own slice of the F5000 Racing League. Today, with the PSVR update for Wipeout Omega Collection, that feeling of gaming taking another step forward is present once more, and if you have a PSVR headset and some experienced VR legs, it’s another worthwhile addition to you library of PSVR games.
The PSVR update for Wipeout Omega Collection – first steps
With a copy of the game to hand and the PSVR update for Wipeout Omega Collection downloaded and installed, getting started isn’t too difficult. Unlike the VR modes of Dirt Rally and Gran Turismo Sport, there’s not really a “VR mode” option in the main menu – instead, you can turn on your headset whilst on the PS4’s dashboard, navigate to the game, launch it, and after using the ingame menus to start a race you’ll be enjoying the PSVR update for Wipeout Omega Collection in all its glory. The only hurdle I faced was a hefty download in order to get everything patched and up-to-date, but I’m someone who heard that the PSVR update for Wipeout Omega Collection was on the way and hurried out the door to pick up the game, so I’m not surprised that a lot of downloads were necessary since I was updating the game from scratch.
The PSVR update for Wipeout Omega Collection – first impressions
I’m currently writing this on day one of the update being released and I’ve just admitted to being a bit of a newbie with Wipeout Omega Collection, but my immediate impressions are positive – the gameplay is smooth even when having to put in the processing work for VR, the visuals still look as great as they need to be when you’re moving at such speeds, and – as I mentioned at the beginning of this article, it’s easy to get the impression that PSVR and Wipeout were always meant to be. Playing a Wipeout game on a TV felt like peering into a possible future world from the safety of your sofa; trying out the PSVR update for Wipeout Omega Collection feels like that future world is right here, and you’re in that lithe metal frame inches from the ground. The limited edition copy of the game may have given a lucky handful of fans their own miniature hovering Tigron ship, but if you’re fortunate enough to have a PS4, the PSVR headset and the game, the PSVR update for Wipeout Omega Collection delivers a thrilling Wipeout experience that’s slightly easier to get hold of.
The PSVR update for Wipeout Omega Collection – a new showcase
It’s been a little while since I’ve played a game that I immediately want to show to other people so that they can share in the experience (sadly when it comes to the offline world I don’t know quite as many dedicated Persona, Nier or Street Fighter fans as I’d like.) However, if you want an instantly entertaining PSVR experience – and a solid racing game whether you’re wearing a headset or not – the PSVR update for Wipeout Omega Collection is definitely worth a look.
The PSVR update for Wipeout Omega Collection is available now.