The virtual reality version of Resident Evil 7 will be a timed exclusive for the PlayStation VR. The news was spotted by users who saw the box art for Resident Evil 7, which appeared to reveal that the game’s VR version will be on the PlayStation VR for 12 months before appearing on devices like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Gamesradar has reported that users over on Reddit spotted the notice on the box art for the upcoming horror-survival title from Capcom. You can check out the box art below to see for yourself. You’ll notice the exclusivity statement in the bottom left hand corner.
This is an interesting move by Sony.
Oculus received a lot of hate from gamers for enacting minor forms of exclusivity or utilizing their DRM to prevent some games or apps from being used with the HTC Vive. In this case, Sony is stretching their walled-garden muscles by restricting a fairly high profile AAA game from appearing on rival headsets until after a year. If that doesn’t force people to adopt the PlayStation VR then I don’t know what will.
The timing is interesting because the Xbox Scorpio will be launching next year as well during the holiday season. So technically, if the rumors are true that Microsoft and Oculus could be partnering up then perhaps we might see Resident Evil 7 with VR-enabled capabilities for the Xbox Scorpio? It’s all guesswork but the timing could synch up.
For now, Capcom is moving toward the early 2017 release of Resident Evil 7 with aplomb, and they’re likely banking on Sony’s new VR headset selling well to further bolster the appeal of the high-profile survival horror game. Additionally, GamesRadar mentioned that save files will be transferable between both the PSVR version of the game and the standard PS4 version, so you don’t have to worry about sticking with one version or the other if you have the VR headset.