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Star Trek: Bridge Crew no longer requires VR

Ubisoft updates the virtual reality game to be more inclusive

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Ubisoft studio Red Storm released an update for Star Trek: Bridge Crew this week that removes the requirement that players must have a virtual reality headset in order to play the game. The free update lets Star Trek enthusiasts live out their tactical space command fantasies regardless of whether or not they have PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift or HTC Vive hardware.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew’s new update lets VR and non-VR trekkers play cooperatively “seamlessly across all platforms,” Ubisoft and developer Red Storm said in an announcement this week. The update also adds support for Windows mixed reality headsets.

As seen in the video above, Star Trek: Bridge Crew’s update also includes some graphical enhancements designed for newcomers playing the non-VR version of the game (though Red Storm says players with high-end PC hardware can experience those tweaks in VR as well).

The removal of Bridge Crew’s VR requirement follows a similar move from CCP Games earlier this year. The developers of Eve Valkyrie jettisoned the need for a VR headset for that game in August.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew is available for PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. For our thoughts on the game, check out Polygon’s impressions from its launch.

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