For many years there’s been a phrase banded about the VR industry: ‘…when Call of Duty VR comes…’ Much like the discussion around ‘when Apple comes’, which is now happening, this has been seen as a landmark moment. However, we’re now nearly a decade into consumer VR headsets, and yet the big franchises still seem fairly slow to adapt. So will we ever see Call of Duty VR games?
Well, technically it has already happened. Back in 2016, a Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare spin-off was launched. The first of what we hoped would be a series of Call of Duty VR games. Sadly, Jackal Assault VR Experience seems to have been a one-off. A marketing tool for the aforementioned Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare, opposed to a game in it’s own right.
Furthermore, Jackal Assault VR Experience wasn’t exactly the Call of Duty VR game people were hoping for. It immerses and puts fans into the cockpit of a Jackal, rather than the typical FPS gameplay of a Call of Duty game. Action-packed though it was, it wasn’t the Call of Duty VR game people were expecting.
While other big gaming franchises are turning their attention to VR – most notably the recent reveal of Assassin’s Creed Nexus – Activision-Blizzard has been slow with their roll.
Can We Play Call of Duty in VR?
At present, aside from the aforementioned Jackal Assault VR Experience, there are no official Call of Duty VR games. However, there are numerous fan-made VR mods available for existing Call of Duty games. Your mileage with these will vary depending on your PC mod comprehension and ability to weather performance issues in VR.
Can You Play Call of Duty on an Oculus?
The only official Call of Duty VR game, Jackal Assault VR Experience, is a PlayStation VR exclusive. There are no Call of Duty VR games for Oculus headsets. Nor the subsequently branded Meta headsets. As stated above, there are fan-made mods available.
Can You Play Warzone in VR?
Despite rumours to the contrary, Call of Duty: Warzone is not compatible with VR. You can’t play Call of Duty: Warzone on any VR headset. However, you can play it in VR cinema. This is essentially playing in a traditional manner, but with a virtual screen that fills your view. To do so, download an application such as Bigscreen and use a Meta Quest or other VR headset connected it to your PC via Oculus Link.
What VR Game is Most Like CoD?
If you can’t wait for Activision-Blizzard to take the leap, there are alternatives to official Call of Duty VR games. Warzone VR is a cross-platform multiplayer VR shooter. Pavlov is a highly-rated VR FPS multiplayer game. And Smilegate West’s Crossfire: Sierra Squad is looking like a pretty hot co-operative game.
Will We Ever See Official Call of Duty VR Games?
As of right now, there’s no telling whether or not we’ll ever see official Call of Duty VR games. The continued growth of VR as a gaming medium suggests that one day we will. However, Activision-Blizzard has been particularly slow to make any moves in this area. Furthermore, Microsoft has seemingly turned away from VR almost entirely, so should the acquisition of Activision-Blizzard King go ahead, there’s a chance any unannounced plans for a Call of Duty VR game could be put on the backburner.