What do I need to know about Skyrim VR?

One of the biggest games of all time has made its way to the PlayStation VR, and it's amazing. Take everything you know about Skyrim and imagine yourself actually swinging swords and firing arrows instead of holding a controller or hovering over a keyboard. It's a familiar game with a whole new twist, and we're answering all of your questions about this new experience right here!

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How is Skyrim VR different from regular Skyrim?

Skyrim VR will contain exactly the same gameplay as the regular version of Skyrim, but you'll be in the game with the PSVR head-mounted display. This will significantly change the overall experience, with the ability to track objects and see the game from a truly first person perspective will be epic. There isn't any new content announced as of yet though, so it's basically the same game.

Is Skyrim VR a PlayStation VR exclusive?

Although it was first revealed for PSVR, Bethesda has confirmed to GameSpot that there will be an HTC Vive version of the game releasing sometime next year. At present there is no information to suggest that it will be released on the Oculus Rift, but given that information on the Vive version came out after new of the PSVR release, there is still the possibility that it could receive the game in the future.

If you've decided now is the time to pick up a PlayStation VR so you can enjoy some Skyrim in VR, Sony is releasing a special bundle with the headset and the game! You get the full PlayStation VR bundle with the headset, controllers, and camera with a copy of Skyrim VR included in the box for $449.

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Does Skyrim VR include the expansion DLC packs?

Yes, it does. All three expansion DLC packs, including Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn, are included in Skyrim VR. That's a whole lot of content!

What type of movement does Skyrim VR use?

Bethesda has announced that full locomotion is possible with the Dual Shock 4. Normal walking and running are simulated rather than going with a teleportation method. However, a playable demo version only allowed movement via teleportation. A member of the Demo team did explain that if you are using the Move controllers then teleportation, actually more like a fast sprint, was your movement method, but smooth movement is available on the Dual Shock 4. They also said they are hoping to bring smooth movement to the Move Controllers but in their current iteration we aren't sure how they can.

Will I be able to shout out loud?

As of right now the answer is, a very sad and depressed, no. Bethesda are working on a way to have voice activated shouts but it won't be there at release. I mean you can still shout Fus-Ro-Dah at the top of your lungs but it won't actually effect the game.

How do the controls work in Skyrim VR?

Skyrim VR can be controlled with either a DualShock 4 controller or the PlayStation Move controllers. When using the Move controllers, an ability can be assigned to each hand using a Favorites menu, and the demo version of the game confirms that you will still be able to mix combo attacks, such as ice and fire.

Whether or not true 1:1 tracking will be implemented with the Move controllers is unknown and we will have to wait for a confirmation from Bethesda. If swinging your arm in real life only moves your sword or shield on a set path in the game, there's no doubt many people will be let down. However, one positive indicator is that head tracking in the demo version seemed very robust, and allowed players to dodge attacks and duck around corners.

Do I get Skyrim VR for free if I already have Skyrim for PlayStation 4?

Unfortunately, no. Skyrim VR is a completely separate purchase, and, considering all three expansion packs are included, is actually a pretty sweet deal.

How much does Skyrim VR cost, and where and when can I buy it?

Skyrim VR is going to run about $60 when it is available on November 17th, but you can pre-order it now on Amazon for your PlayStation 4 and get a little discount if you're an Amazon Prime member.

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Update, 11/27: This post was updated to include lots of new information for enjoying this game!