The big draw of Virtual Reality is the ability to totally immerse yourself in a different world, right? Well, if this new mod is anything to go by, immersing yourself in the world of Grand Theft Auto and killing innocent people might not actually be that fun – who knew?
GTA V modder Joseph Delgado is working on a way to add hand-tracking to Rockstar’s open-world hit, and apparently the early results have completely changed the feel of the game to something far more sinister.
Delgado said on Reddit:
I’m really not sure about this. I feel horrible about making this. You actually feel guilty. My mouth dropped the first time I shot someone in my GTA: V VR setup.
Delgado is working with Razer Hydra controllers in unison with an Oculus Rift DK2. Obviously, with the emotional distance afforded by a standard controller most of us would gladly shoot old ladies in the face for a few hours – Use VR to bring yourself closer to the action, and suddenly shit gets much more real.
There was something similar not too long ago, where a group of people were freaked the fuck out by how immersive VR porn was. Maybe VR is simply too much for some of us?
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.