Bandai Namco’s upcoming Ace Combat 7 for the PlayStation VR was featured at the Bandai Namco Appreciation Festival in Japan. Some gamers managed to capture some off-screen gameplay footage of the upcoming game featuring the optional VR mode.
The PS4 sub-Reddit spotted the video that was posted up over on YouTube channel dovmxjgjsj. You can check out the five and a half minute video below, which was captured this past Saturday on December 17th.
It’s hard to really see what’s going on due to it being off-screen video capture, but surprisingly the frame-rate looked really good. It kind of looked like it was being played on a vanilla PS4 Slim, in which case that bodes well for people who don’t have a PS4 Pro but might be convinced to invest in a PlayStation VR headset bundle in order to play Ace Combat 7 in VR.
The five minute clip features a quick single mission where the player flies around, shoots down some bogeys and then brings it home.
The mission starts on a carrier and the player is lightly directed on where to fly and which targets to take out using the on-screen HUD. The PlayStation VR allows players to look around and use the free-view within the cockpit. As mentioned, the frame-rate is solid and the graphics – based on the blurry off-screen capture – aren’t all that bad.
It appears as if the developers working on the title have managed to squeeze every cycle out of the PS4 to get it to run Ace Combat 7… like an ace.
There were a lot of worries earlier in the year when Capcom’s PSVR demo for Resident Evil 7 left a lot of people sick and noxious. This has supposedly been rectified leading up to the release of the first-person horror title, but Sony took extra steps on the certification front to ensure that all games set to release with a PSVR mode needs to be at least 60fps stable in order to make use of their inter-frame tech that doubles the frame-rate to 120fps. Most people say that they can’t comfortably play VR titles unless they’re 90fps, so the 120fps is an extra safety measure in case there are dips.
Ace Combat 7 is due for release on the PS4 at some point in 2017.