Parents' Guide to

Driveclub VR

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

VR racer remake delivers enhanced immersion, fuzzy graphics.

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While this racer manages to present lots of fast paced excitement, the visuals are just too rough for the VR experience. Virtual reality fans are just going to have to get used to the fact that, at least for the time being, VR games are kind of ugly compared to those displayed on the latest, greatest 4K HDR TVs and computer monitors. That's definitely true of Driveclub VR. While the original Driveclub for PlayStation 4 was and remains a beautiful game, the VR version feels like something released for a previous generation. Everything just feels sort of fuzzy and blurry. Sometimes it's almost impossible to make out the numbers on your car's instrument panel. Surface textures inside and outside of vehicles are less detailed, and weather effects have been completely stripped from the experience. Inferior visuals are noticeable in most VR games, but in Driveclub VR it's so extreme it almost ruins the experience.

What saves it (or at least what comes close to saving it) in the end is that when you're sitting in the cockpit of whichever high-end race car you've chosen, you'll really feel like you're in the driver's seat. You can casually look at your mirrors or lean your head out the window -- or even stick it through a sunroof -- to see if any cars are behind or around you. The shockingly authentic sense that you are present and inside these cars is enough to help you overlook the clearly inferior visuals -- especially if you're in a position where you don't have to pay full price (those who own the original Driveclub and have a season pass qualify for a steep discount on the VR version). Driveclub VR is a great example of VR's potential when it comes to driving games, but it also illustrates some of the hurdles the technology will need to overcome to reach a mainstream audience.

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4 , PlayStation VR
  • Pricing structure: Paid (Players who already own the original Driveclub and have a season pass can purchase this game online for just $19.99.)
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Release date: October 13, 2016
  • Genre: Racing
  • Topics: Cars and Trucks
  • ESRB rating: E for No Descriptors
  • Last updated: January 13, 2022

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