Skyrim for PlayStation VR is a Frighteningly Empowering Experience

Announced during the PlayStation Media Showcase at E3 2017, Bethesda’s sprawling milestone RPG The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is coming to PlayStation VR. This isn’t an add-on experience or a demo intended to showcase the potential of the hardware — this is the full Skyrim experience in its entirety, including all of its well-received post-release content.

I played Skyrim VR with a pair PS Move controllers, but Bethesda is building in DualShock 4 support as well. Each controller is mapped to one of your hands, and each hand can be equipped with a sword, shield or spell (or a bow and arrow, which occupies both hands). Attacks feel natural, with a sword swing dealing substantial damage to enemies within melee range. Stabbing motions yielded no results in my demo — Bethesda is sticking to slashing motions for hand-to-hand combat to keep things balanced.




Ryan and I talk to Andrew Scharf from Bethesda about bringing the landmark RPG to virtual reality.

Wielding a bow and arrow is especially fascinating. It’s a fairly one-to-one affair, requiring the player to maneuver the PS Move controllers into position to nock an arrow, hold the right trigger, pull the controller / arrow back, and release the trigger to send the projectile on its merry, violent way. I noticed no auto-aim assistance here, so it took me a few tries to actually peg an enemy soldier firing volleys back at me — all the more satisfying when I finally landed that precision shot and took him down.

Finding the right balance between player immersion and comfort is important to the team bringing Skyrim to PS VR — good news, since this is the full, dozens (hundreds?) of hours’ worth of gameplay we lost ourselves to a few years ago. During my demo, movement was controlled by holding the PS Move button on the left controller to bring up a blue orb, which you could then move to any spot within a few-foot radius, then let go to teleport there. Pressing the two bottom face buttons on the right PS Move controller shift your field of vision a few degrees to the left or right. Once I became more comfortable with this setup, I was blinking around mountain paths and through trap-filled dungeon hallways with blinding speed — unexpectedly making me feel more nimble and mobile than with standard controls. That said, Bethesda is planning to include options for more traditional movement, which players will be able to adjust depending on their comfort level.

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Perhaps the most exciting moments I experienced during my short time with Skyrim VR were those when I was able to dual-wield a spell in each hand. Full, independent control of each hand meant that I could equip dual fire spells and rain superheated justice upon any foes unlucky enough to exist within my line of sight. “You learn a lot about a person when you watch them play this,” the Bethesda rep manning the demo remarked as he watched me mercilessly torch entire encampments.

Perhaps a bit of self-reflection is in order.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim comes to PlayStation VR this November.

Vote Now: PlayStation.Blog E3 Awards

Here’s a new one! We always love letting you all vote on every year’s best games around the end of the year, so we figured we’d extend the action to the new announcements from this year’s E3! Check the polls below to vote for this E3 2017’s best trailer, as well as your most-anticipated PS4 and PS VR titles. Remember — across the board, we’re only considering titles that were shown at E3, or had reveals, announcements, or trailers at the show.

Polls close Tuesday, June 20 at 12:00pm Pacific, so you’ve got some time to think on it… but don’t forget! Now, on to the polls:

Best Trailer

E3 is arguably all about the grand reveals, mind-blowing trailers and gameplay demos. So we ask you: Which game soared above all others?


Most Anticipated PS4 Game

Now it’s time to pick the E3 game you are most excited to play. We know it’s impossible to pick just one. So we’ve allowed you to select two picks for this category (phew!). Don’t see your pick listed here? Write it in!


Most Anticipated PS VR Game

PlayStation VR had a strong showing at E3 this year — which game caught your eye?


PlayStation Blogcast 251: The Revenge of E3

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Here we go! We’re mere days away from PlayStation Live From E3 2017. The festivities kick off at 5pm Pacific Monday evening, but the Blogcast crew just had to get one last episode in before we go into full E3-prep mode. Enjoy the show, then enjoy the other show!

Stuff We Talked About

  • Dissidia Final Fantasy NT coming to PS4
  • FFXIV Stormblood launch trailer
  • Massive Final Fantasy XII retrospective from Square Enix
  • A surprise Dreadnought interview!
  • E3… it’s almost time!
  • May’s most-downloaded PS4 & PS VR games
  • Days of Play and that sleek gold PS4

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The Cast

Official PlayStation Blogcast: Sid ShumanOfficial PlayStation Blogcast: Justin MassongillOfficial PlayStation Blogcast: Ryan ClementsOfficial PlayStation Blogcast: Zac Minor

Sid Shuman – Director of Social Media, SIEA
Justin Massongill – Social Media Manager, SIEA
Ryan Clements – Sr. Social Media Specialist, SIEA
Zac Minor – Sr. Social Media Manager, SIEA


Send us questions and tips! blogcast@sony.com
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Thanks to Cory Schmitz for our beautiful logo and Dormilón for our rad theme song and show music.

[Editor’s note: PSN game release dates are subject to change without notice. Game details are gathered from press releases from their individual publishers and/or ESRB rating descriptions.]

PlayStation Store: May’s Top Downloads

Welcome back! This month, NetherRealm’s acclaimed superhero brawler Injustice 2 leads the charge on the PS4 top downloads list, with a bloodthirsty Jason Voorhees lurking behind it in Friday the 13th: The Game. Farpoint launched at number 1 on the PlayStation VR chart, but Star Trek Bridge Crew made an impressive debut considering its late-in-the-month release date.

Read on for the full list of top downloads for May. If you missed out on any of these games, head on over to PlayStation Store to pick ’em up!

Predictions for June?

PS4 Games
1 Injustice 2
2 Friday the 13th: The Game
3 NBA Playgrounds
4 The Order: 1886
5 God of War III Remastered
6 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX SIEGE
7 Overwatch Game of the Year Edition
8 Rocket League
9 Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition
10 ARK: Survivor’s Pack
11 Prey
12 Grand Theft Auto V
13 NieR: Automata
14 Darksiders: Fury’s Collection – War and Death
15 Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
16 Little Nightmares
17 Outlast 2
18 Bloodborne
19 MLB THE SHOW 17
20 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition
PS3 Games
1 God of War: Ascension
2 God of War Collection
3 Star Wars The Force Unleashed II
4 Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition
5 God of War: Origins Collection
6 Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
7 SteinsGate
8 The Last Of Us
9 Grand Theft Auto V
10 Pro Evolution Soccer 2017
11 Catherine
12 Twisted Metal
13 EA SPORTS FIFA 17
14 Darksiders + Darksiders II Ultimate Edition
15 PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
16 Tomb Raider
17 Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare
18 Call of Duty: Black Ops II
19 Need for Speed Most Wanted
20 The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
PS4 Add-ons
1 Call of Duty Black Ops III: Zombies Chronicles
2 The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited – ESO Plus
3 Injustice 2 Darkseid
4 Black Ops III – The Giant Zombies Map
5 NieR: Automata 3C3C1D119440927
6 FOR HONOR SEASON PASS
7 Persona 5 Messiah & Messiah Picaro Set
8 Rocket League – The Fate of the Furious Ice Charger
9 Battlefield 1 Premium Pass
10 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – DLC2 Continuum
PS VR Games
1 Farpoint
2 Star Trek: Bridge Crew
3 Job Simulator
4 Statik
5 Dick Wilde
6 Battlezone
7 Mortal Blitz
8 Batman: Arkham VR
9 Fruit Ninja VR
10 Time Machine VR
PS Vita Games
1 SteinsGate
2 God of War: Collection PS Vita
3 Persona 4 Golden
4 PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale PS Vita
5 MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death
6 Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom
7 The Caligula Effect: Deluxe Digital Bundle
8 Salt and Sanctuary
9 Ys: Memories of Celceta
10 Steins;Gate 0
PS Classics
1 Twisted Metal: Black
2 Star Ocean Till The End Of Time
3 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
4 Destroy All Humans!
5 Resident Evil Code: Veronica X
6 Bully
7 Suikoden II
8 Mega Man Legends
9 War of the Monsters
10 METAL SLUG ANTHOLOGY

Wipeout Omega Collection Launches Today

Wipeout is a series that means a lot of things to a lot of people. One of my fondest gaming memories is seeing the original game for the first time at a friend’s house on his spankin’ new PlayStation. So, it’s especially gratifying to celebrate the launch of Wipeout Omega Collection, a remastered look back at three of the series’ recent entries. 4K and HDR support on PS4 Pro mean that revisiting Wipeout HD, Fury and 2048 feels like an entirely new experience — and if you’re got a compatible display it’ll be a heck of a showcase for it.

Join us in this new episode of PlayStation Underground, where I put my racing reputation on the line to show off my decades of racing expertise. I mean, I work at PlayStation so naturally I’ll be good at Wipeout, right?

Right?

PlayStation Blogcast 250: Eye of the Storm

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It’s a star-studded 250th episode extravaganza!

…Actually, it’s a pretty normal episode. We’ve got a good one for ya though — Ryan and Justin fawn over their time with Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, Sid has lots of nice things to say about Logan (the movie!), and our heroes face the inevitable truth that E3 is right around the corner. Enjoy!

Stuff We Talked About

  • A star-studded 250th episode extravaganza!
  • Jk, we got nothin’
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood
  • Logan
  • E3!
  • Dreadnought
  • Pyre
  • Lawbreakers
  • Fidget spinners

Recent Episodes


The Cast

Official PlayStation Blogcast: Sid ShumanOfficial PlayStation Blogcast: Justin MassongillOfficial PlayStation Blogcast: Ryan Clements

Sid Shuman – Director of Social Media, SIEA
Justin Massongill – Social Media Manager, SIEA
Ryan Clements – Sr. Social Media Specialist, SIEA


Send us questions and tips! blogcast@sony.com
Leave us a voicemail! (650) 288-6706

Thanks to Cory Schmitz for our beautiful logo and Dormilón for our rad theme song and show music.

[Editor’s note: PSN game release dates are subject to change without notice. Game details are gathered from press releases from their individual publishers and/or ESRB rating descriptions.]