You know what’s scarier than playing ghost hunting co-op game, Phasmophobia, in VR? When the ghosts can almost physically touch you, while you’re wearing a haptic vest, that’s what.
Phasmophobia bHaptics Suit Support
According to the official Phasmophobia Twitter account, the next Beta update for the game will have bHpatics suit support, bringing an even deeper level of immersion to the already incredibly intense co-op horror adventure. Phasmophobia of course only has optional VR support and is fully playable outside of VR, but as someone that has tried both versions, I can say with confidence that it’s a far better game in VR—even if a bit jankier.
We don’t know any other details about the upcoming bHaptics suit support, but if it works like it does in other VR games, then you can expect to be even more terrified while playing than before.
The bHaptics suit is a haptic vest that transmits vibrations and haptic feedback to your body based on what’s happening in the game. The accuracy isn’t on the same level as things seen in movies such as Ready Player One, at least not yet, but it’s technology that is working towards that type of support.
I have not personally tried a bHaptics suit, but I’ve had great experiences at physical VR arcade locations when wearing their vests. They really do help sell the experience far more than just a VR headset and a horror game is the perfect application. Games like Beat Saber deliver a constant flood of stimulation, but slow-paced horror games like Phasmophobia work well for suit haptics because of how absolutely devoid of input they are 99% of the time. Then, just when you least expect it, you’ll get a jolt from the suit to amplify the scares even more.
Check out Phasmophobia over on Steam for $14, where it has PC VR support in Early Access, and visit the bHaptics website for more details on their haptic suits. You can grab one for either $300 (16 haptic points) or $500 (40 haptics points) as well as additional haptics for your face, hands, arms, and feet for even more feedback. There is already official support for games like Half-Life: Alyx, Blade and Sorcery, Onward, Boneworks, Skyirim VR, and more.
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