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NBA 2K17 has VR plans, according to trophy list

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Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Virtual reality’s introduction to mainstream video gaming has largely excluded the sports genre, whether for questions of licensing or the fact one can, like, play these sports in reality-reality. But 2K Sports’ NBA 2K series seems poised to deliver a VR experience for PlayStation 4.

That’s per a trophy list leak discovered by Exophase (via Pasta Padre). The 13 achievements don’t speak to the full delivery of NBA 2K17 into virtual reality, but more of a series of minigames. Party events, three-point shooting challenges and time attack modes are all referenced within them.

Still, this would be the first licensed sports video game to make a dedicated VR offering. My theory has always been that sports and VR are a poor fit, not only because the games they represent are playable in real life, but because virtual reality makes an ordinary player’s limitations more relevant — and the point of sports video games is to play like a superstar. That’s probably why this is being introduced as a set of minigames first. Down the road, who knows.

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