SteamVR Combat Flight Game VTOL VR Out of Early Access
SteamVR combat flight game VTOL is coming out of early access after three years and it features a major patch focusing on the polish as well as some the final bug fixes.
VTOL VR is a flight game was specifically built for virtual reality. It is unlike other flight games that are usually built for the monitor with VR support coming later on. Take Microsoft’s Flight Simulator, for example. VTOL, on the other hand, has been built for virtual reality headsets that have tracked controllers.
The flight stick in VTOL is simply another cockpit element which you can interact with by using your virtual hands. While this isn’t a formal simulator, it offers a very detailed simulation of the fighter jet’s controls. It also features Multi-Function Displays (MFDs) found in many real cockpits.
When a player presses the buttons on the bezel of an MFD, they can get a good view of the GPS map, manage the radar, prime weapons such as bombs and missiles and even slew the targeting pod. According to the game’s developer Boundless Dynamics, the type of systems used in VTOL are “near-realistic”.
There are three aircraft that you can fly in VTOL and they all look like fictional near-future vehicles although they are based on real systems. These include: –
- F/A-26 “Wasp”: This is based on the F-15 Eagle although it has the multirole carrier-capabilities that you would find in the F/A-18 Hornet.
- AV-42C “Kestrel”: This is a completely fictional gunship platform which has rotating jet nozzles, can do a vertical takeoff and has a large cargo bay that has several weapon mounts.
- F-45A: This is an agile stealth fighter which is based on the F-35. Just like its real-world counterpart, it has a large singular touchscreen that contains four virtual MFDs in place of the physical MFD in the F-35.
Having been in early access for three years, there is already plenty of content that you can play. You can do lots of stuff in VTOL VR including landing on an aircraft carrier, refueling from a mid-air tanker or going on a number of combat missions. It also features a level editor which has 386 Steam Workshop uploads at the moment.
In case you have a Windows 10 build which supports Voice Recognition, you will even be able to talk out load to the ground screw, wingmen, AWACS and ATC.
Don’t use the native Oculus mode on this game if you are using an Oculus Rift headset or the Oculus Quest headset for PC VR (via Link) as these modes have been designated ‘Not Recommended’ and will have a “strange tracking jitter issue”. The game is, however, excellent on SteamVR mode.
VTOL is on sale Steam for $24 until against 10th. After that, it will revert to its regular price of $30.