Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition has partially finished VR mode
Rockstar and Grove Street Games apparently tinkered with bringing Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition to virtual reality, if an unfinished feature buried in the game’s files is any indication.
Rockstar Intel’s Ben Turpin (via Eurogamer) shared video of a first-person camera feature in The Definitive Edition‘s San Andreas, which is activated by entering the console command “GTA.VR.1.” (To access the debug console, you’ll need to install a mod, which means you’ll need to be on PC.)
Though the naming of the feature indicates may have been part of a VR experiment, it’s far from a polished virtual reality experience. Essentially, there’s the first-person camera view, which pulls back out to third-person when he enters a vehicle and clips through the body when CJ looks down. Turpin also shows a short fistfight with a cop, but it’s not really readable from the close-up view.
What makes this discovery even more curious is that Meta (née Facebook) announced last month that it’s working to bring Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to the Meta Quest 2 (née Oculus Quest 2) headset. But according to public reports, Definitive Edition developer Grove Street Games isn’t heading up the Quest port. That job instead falls to Video Games Deluxe, who previously worked on a VR version of L.A. Noire.
Perhaps the VR feature is just the remnant of an old test, or perhaps the Quest port of San Andreas will use the Definitive Edition as a base—but given the current state of the game, that may not be the wisest choice.
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is out now on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.