The VR action game Star Trek: Bridge Crew just lost its virtual reality requirement, Ubisoft has announced, saying the new non-VR option is arriving as a free update. Bridge Crew lets players experience the Star Trek universe in a virtual ship, taking on a particular role within that ship to help tackle obstacles and otherwise face various in-universe challenges. Until now, you needed a high-end virtual reality headset to play the game.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew is available for Windows PC and PlayStation 4; to play it pre-update, you needed a PlayStation VR headset, an HTC Vive, or an Oculus Rift. That requirement is gone, and now they can be substituted with a keyboard and mouse. The immersive element is lost in the absence of VR, but so is the extra cost that some Star Trek fans can’t justify.
If you’re a PS4 owner, you’ll of course use the console’s DualShock 4 controller rather than the PC peripherals; you can just skip the PS VR requirement henceforth. Players both with and without VR can be matched together seamlessly, according to Ubisoft, which detailed the change in a blog post recently.
You can play by yourself as a captain, as well, but there’s also the option to play as Starfleet officers on both the USS Enterprise and the USS Aegis. Once the update arrives, you’ll also get enhanced Windows Mixed Reality support, says Ubisoft, which brings new options for exploring the far reaches of space.
SOURCE: Ubisoft Blog