With EVE: Valkyrie, VR is hijacking the dream of cross-platform gaming

Microsoft may be seeking to pioneer an era where console loyalty is no barrier to playing with friends, but it seems VR might get there first.

The developers of the seminal virtual reality game and Oculus Rift launch title EVE: Valkyrie have announced it will support cross-platform play.

That means owners of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR headsets will be able to play together in the online realm.

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Speaking at the EVE Fanfest in Iceland, the game’s executive producer Owen O’Brien said: “What we haven’t said before, and will for the first time here on stage is cross-platform play.

“Valkyrie from the outset was made as a VR game, and we want people irrespective of the platform they’re playing on to be able to flight together and die together.” O’Brien continued (via Polygon).

“So that’s a big important thing for us. That everyone can play together and we break down the barriers.”

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If more developers follow suit and open up the online VR world, it may greatly encourage the proliferation of virtual reality headsets.

Of course, there’s also much promise in this area within the console world right now.

Psyonix, the developer of Rocket League says it is ready to open up its servers to cross-platform play at Microsoft’s behest. Although “willing to have the conversation” Sony doesn’t appear in any rush to throw the Xbox One a bone right now.

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