Iron Man VR Demo Is Here to Test the Strength of Your Stomach

Me, with motion sickness: "Mr. Stark, I don't feel so good."

Iron Man VR, now safely retrieved from the abyss after being indefinitely delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, is coming out on July 3. Today, Sony and developer Camouflaj have released a demo that will let you try out the Tony Stark simulator ahead of launch so you can get a sense of how well your stomach handles all that flying about.

The demo, which is available now on the PlayStation Store, is about 20-30 minutes long, and includes the following:

  • “Malibu” tutorial mission
  • Interactive Stark Jet cinematic starring Tony, Friday & Pepper Potts
  • “Out of the Blue” Stark Jet gameplay mission
  • Flight Challenge optional mission
  • Advanced Combat Challenge optional mission

Playing through the demo will also unlock the Molten Lava Armor Deco, if the standard red and gold armor isn’t your jam.

In other news:

Along with the demo, Sony also announced on the PlayStation Blog that it will be releasing a PlayStation VR bundle including Iron Man VR when the game launches in July, including: the game, a PSVR headset, two PlayStation Move controllers, the PlayStation Camera, and a demo disc with other VR games for you to try out. The demo disc includes a slice of the following games:

  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
  • Battlezone
  • Headmaster
  • Job Simulator
  • Moss
  • Kitchen
  • Superhot VR
  • The Persistence
  • Thumper

While I would love to join you all in the inhabiting the body and mind of Spider-man’s surrogate father, VR has been a no go for my motion sick self since I nearly puked playing Resident Evil 7 at a convention in 2016.

Iron Man VR still uses the old PlayStation Move controllers Sony has been using since 2009, but it looks like Sony is in the process of developing more advanced motion controllers for the next generation of VR. The prototypes the company is working with include finger-tracking tech along the lines of Valve’s Index controllers, and while they’re not on the market yet, it stands to reason that these controllers will be launching sometime during the the PlayStation 5’s lifetime, which is set to begin this holiday season.

Even with Sony investing in new tech, VR is still having an uphill battle getting into people’s homes. Valve released Half-Life: Alyx on Steam, but even with bringing out a new game from a widely beloved franchise, only around 2% of Steam users actually own a VR headset to play it on. PlayStation hasn’t exactly fared much better on that front, as the PlayStation VR has sold around 5 million units since it launched in 2016, which is not a lot compared to the PlayStation 4’s 106 million units sold since 2013. Even if VR doesn’t have a huge attach rate at this point, those who have bought into the tech are willing to show up and support games that utilize it, with games like Superhot VR bringing in millions of dollars just in one holiday season.

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Kenneth Shepard

Kenneth is a Georgia-based writer who still periodically cries about the Mass Effect trilogy years after it concluded.

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