Fallout 4 VR will be an "industry changer" according to AMD's corporate vice president Roy Taylor. This follows recent comments made by Bethesda heads that suggested that the virtual reality title will "blow minds" and will be the "craziest" thing that fans have ever seen.
Speaking during VR World Congress, Taylor said that Fallout 4 VR will be a "ground-breaking VR title" that will "change the way we think about VR." Taylor also called the virtual reality version of the post-apocalyptic RPG, which is set to release on HTC Vive this year, "the Mario, the Sonic the Hedgehog" of virtual reality gaming.
That's certainly high praise indeed and Taylor's comments will surely make those who are on the fence about VR gaming pay attention. According to several reports from analysts VR headset sales haven't been so hot, but if Fallout 4 VR really is the hot property that Taylor says it is and if it really could be a leading, system-selling game as much as Nintendo's iconic plumber, then all of that could change. Fallout 4 VR could give doubters and even VR's biggest critics another big reason to get involved.
On the other hand, though, some may remain wary as AMD does have a vested interest in virtual reality headsets and therefore could benefit from big sales of Bethesda's VR RPG. During the event, Taylor also discussed AMD's new partnership with chip manufacturer Nitero which is in an effort to "come up with a solution" to "pesky wires" and make wireless VR headsets a reality. It should be noted that news broke earlier this year that HTC is working on a wireless Vive peripheral.
Many would also argue that it's far too soon to get hyped about the game as very little has been seen of it so far. Although many Fallout fans were excited when Fallout 4 VR was announced at E3 last year, this only provided a small glimpse at what is to offer. Thankfully Bethesda has confirmed that the high profile VR title will make an appearance during its Bethesdaland E3 2017 press conference, including some sort of demo, which will give fans more of an idea of what to expect and will confirm that the AMD and Bethesda executives were right to whip everyone into a frenzy.
Fallout 4 VR will be released in 2017 for the HTC Vive.