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Dirt Rally PS VR Out Today, PS4 Pro Optimized

Christina McGrath's Avatar Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 // Senior Community Manager, Codemasters

Hello! I’m Christina McGrath, Senior Community Manager for Dirt Rally. As you may have heard, Dirt Rally PS VR powerslides onto PS VR headsets today — so we thought you’d like to know more about it, and what you can expect from its top-notch PlayStation VR experience.

Dirt Rally

It’s the Whole Game
First things first: when you pick up the Dirt Rally PS VR upgrade, you get to enjoy all of Dirt Rally’s content in glorious VR.

Whether it be racing through the forests of Finland, climbing the iconic Pikes Peak International Hill Climb course, or going bumper-to-bumper with other supercars in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, you can do it all with your PlayStation VR headset on. Every track, stage, car, and discipline is available for PS VR users — there’s nothing off-limits when it comes to immersing yourself in Dirt’s off-road racing world.

It Includes an Innovative New Co-driver Mode
The co-driver is one of the most crucial elements of rally. Imagine: you’re racing on a cliff-side and about to throw your car around a blind corner, with only your co-driver’s pacenotes providing you an idea of what lies around the next bend. You need those calls to be well-timed, clear, and reliable. Well, we’re literally putting those calls in your hands. Or, rather, the hands of Player Two.

That’s right — featuring a new co-driver mode, a second player can be entrusted with the important responsibility of sending the right calls at the right time. Press the wrong button at the wrong time, and your rally pilot won’t have a clue about what to expect from the next few turns. However, get the timings right from the social screen, and the calls will be delivered crisply and cleanly to the person in the driver’s seat.

After the end of each stage, an accuracy rating will be given too — so there’s nowhere to hide if your coordination is off or your reactions aren’t quite quick enough!

The Update is PS4 Pro Optimized
We know that a lot of you have upgraded your hardware to optimize your PlayStation VR experience, so we’re making sure that our PlayStation VR upgrade makes the most of your extra performance power. The PS VR update comes PS4 Pro optimized, and you’ll literally be able to see the difference with the graphical improvements it brings — so those of you with the hardware can enjoy the benefits of your PS4 Pro.

It’s Launching with an Introductory Offer
The best news of all? We’re running an introductory offer when the DLC drops! From tomorrow through February 28, you can pick up the entire PlayStation VR bundle — the 2D game, the PS VR upgrade, and our Fully Loaded DLC Add-on packs — for the absolute bargain of $43.39. And if you already own the game, the cost is even better — it’ll cost you $12.99 for the DLC upgrade.

Want to know more? Feel free to fire away any questions in the comments below.

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+ janusfilmsfan on February 17th, 2017 at 6:04 am said:

Sounds great guys! But just to be crystal clear, the ps4 pro support is only for folks that have a VR headset correct?

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    + Christina McGrath on February 17th, 2017 at 8:07 am said:

    Correct! The PS VR DLC is PS4 Pro optimized, but the base game isn’t.


    + Dragonchasers on February 17th, 2017 at 7:46 am said:

    Seconding this question. I don’t have PSVR but if they’ve optimized the 2D game for PS4 Pro it might be worth getting.


    + DuoMaxwell007 on February 17th, 2017 at 10:57 am said:

    That didn’t answer the question the question was does the update benefit anyone who has ps4 pro but not psvr. The onbvious answer is yes… why would this even be a question lol


+ Mcmax3000 on February 17th, 2017 at 6:06 am said:

Glad to hear about the sale price. I’ll grab that for sure. I already own the game on Xbox, and PC, so as much as I wanted to try out the PSVR stuff, I really didn’t want to pay full price for it a third time.


+ CHEVRON on February 17th, 2017 at 6:30 am said:

Wicked guys! Thanks for the support, this is exactly what PSVR needs!!!

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    + Christina McGrath on February 17th, 2017 at 8:07 am said:

    You’re welcome! We can’t wait for everyone with a headset to start playing it. It’s incredibly immersive, and loads of fun. :)


+ amirpro2 on February 17th, 2017 at 6:50 am said:

Any demo?
I have to say as much as it’s tempting, Dirt 4 is just around the corner and I wonder if it has any graphics improvements over Dirt Rally

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    + Christina McGrath on February 17th, 2017 at 8:29 am said:

    There’s no demo, but I’m sure if you wanted to see more of it, then there will be lots of people streaming it over the next few days. :)

    Of course, DiRT 4’s graphics have evolved from DiRT Rally – but DiRT Rally still looks pretty special!


+ nathanuc1988 on February 17th, 2017 at 6:54 am said:

That sounds awesome! Between this and RE7, I might finally be able to justify buying PSVR.

Will the base version of Dirt Rally still benefit from the Pro patch? If not, will Boost Mode continue to work if the game TECHNICALLY has a Pro patch?


+ srtj1960 on February 17th, 2017 at 7:03 am said:

will the upgrade be available in Canada as well today?


+ iManuzark on February 17th, 2017 at 7:13 am said:

in the PSN store got the $59.99 price tag, where is the bargain price of $43.39?


    + ManjoumeThunder on February 17th, 2017 at 7:15 am said:

    Might have to wait for the store to update, try later in the day.


    + SirRealDeal on February 17th, 2017 at 7:35 am said:

    The deal is not available yet. I guess around 3pm eastern time. Right now the VR update itself is live but the VR DLC is not yet available for purchase.


+ ManjoumeThunder on February 17th, 2017 at 7:15 am said:

Extremely excited for this!!!


+ JPRE on February 17th, 2017 at 7:39 am said:

Can you play the VR Content as a standalone game or do you need to own the original game too?

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    + Christina McGrath on February 17th, 2017 at 8:27 am said:

    You need to own the original game too. We’re currently bundling everything on the store to make it easy (and a little less expensive for those new to DiRT). But get it quick, as it’s only an introductory offer!


    + SirRealDeal on February 17th, 2017 at 7:44 am said:

    You need to have the full game.


+ Greydogus on February 17th, 2017 at 7:45 am said:

Thank you for helping me to further justify my purchase of my PS VR. I been rally racing since the original Colin McRae Rally and this is going to be amazing. And thank you also for making an update so that the whole game can be played in VR instead of a few levels. You guys rock!

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    + Christina McGrath on February 17th, 2017 at 8:08 am said:

    We’re very proud of the fact that we’re offering the entire game in VR, so it’s awesome to hear you recognise it. Thanks for being a fan since the CMR days, and hope you love DiRT Rally in glorious PlayStation VR. :)


    + azn_kwak on February 17th, 2017 at 12:06 pm said:

    Very much agreed. A full VR game experience is definitely appreciated.


+ The_1_of_Deth on February 17th, 2017 at 8:04 am said:

wheres the deal? bundle in ps store for canada says 93.49$??????

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    + Christina McGrath on February 17th, 2017 at 8:27 am said:

    We’re aware it’s not showing correctly at the moment! But don’t worry, we’re all over it.


+ Morggo on February 17th, 2017 at 8:22 am said:

When I try to checkout and purchase the DLC pack on the Canadian PSN store, it says: “We’ve encountered an error while processing your order. The transaction has not been completed. Please try again later.

Anyone else got this problem?


+ LeMatster on February 17th, 2017 at 8:25 am said:

Great for VR owners. Too bad the game isn’t patched for all Pro owners, wasted potential! Well, Dirt 4 …


    + The_1_of_Deth on February 17th, 2017 at 9:36 am said:

    boost mode coming with next firmware though. may catch some more fps which would be nice :)


+ sandkwithhp on February 17th, 2017 at 8:41 am said:

I’m all over this!

Are there any plans to add PS4 Pro optimization to the 2D base game in the future?


+ The_1_of_Deth on February 17th, 2017 at 8:41 am said:

Cool, was gunna snag it asap but will wait for price fix. Got it on pc but i just got ps pro and already got vr. Love the game and cant wait to slap on the helmet :)


+ cocothepoopdog on February 17th, 2017 at 9:22 am said:

Some users are reporting that the DLC is not working with their physical copy of Dirt. Any advice here?


    + turniplord on February 17th, 2017 at 9:45 am said:

    It doesn’t – it say so don’t own it when I clearly do – it’s only letting digital people buy the dlc


    + DJTurbox on February 19th, 2017 at 5:10 pm said:

    I downloaded the game to my PS4 including the VR update but the game doesn’t play with VR. I deleted it multiple times with no success. Now what?


    + jay89jay_ on February 23rd, 2017 at 4:59 pm said:

    Yup I’m having this problem I’ve owned the physical copy since lunch bought the vr add on won’t leave me download it won’t even give me an option for it


+ EmoBoy4658 on February 17th, 2017 at 9:39 am said:

Is the introductory price also extended to the VR DLC by itself? Or is $12.99 the actual price of the VR DLC add-on.


    + MrBeens on February 17th, 2017 at 2:00 pm said:

    If you already own the game then you’ll be paying $12.99 to add on the VR DLC.

    If you own nothing at all then you can get everything, including the VR DLC for $43.39.


+ turniplord on February 17th, 2017 at 9:44 am said:

So, once you get the dlc (as it’s not stand alone) – PS4 pro support is enabled – which means it benefits the main game – as it’s dlc and I doubt u can turn support off a certain part of the game.

So technically – have you just placed PS4 pro support behind a pay wall? If so that’s not cool and I’m sure a lot of sites are gonna pick up on that and report on it.

The main game should get a free update with pro support if this is the case


    + MrBeens on February 17th, 2017 at 1:58 pm said:

    No, the pro optimization only applies to the VR content. The base 2D game is unchanged with or without the DLC.


+ cjhill1836 on February 17th, 2017 at 10:23 am said:

What a stunning announcement! I can’t wait to enjoy the full Dirt Rally game in VR, you guys did it right!


+ PastorRichards_ on February 17th, 2017 at 10:27 am said:

If I buy the physical copy, does the PSVR DLC work without issues? Also, is the bundle discount included with the physical copy of the game?


    + MrBeens on February 17th, 2017 at 1:57 pm said:

    That would be up to the retailer. The bundle price is for the digital copy, Sony or Codemasters have no control over what the physical retailer sells it for.


+ Magnum-Jack on February 17th, 2017 at 10:27 am said:

Hey guys, i know this slightly off but do you plan to release the VR DLC or Bundle to Region Asia?
The asian version hasn’t been updated about the VR. Cheers


+ Fastede on February 17th, 2017 at 1:20 pm said:

When can i pick of the hard copy? I cant find it anywhere and what is the cost going to be?


    + Shaimous on February 18th, 2017 at 9:37 am said:

    I have the same question. Where do we get a physical copy with VR support in NA? Can’t find it listed anywhere. Really want this game and don’t want to miss the great digital deal if that’s the only way I can purchase your game. But I’d really prefer a hard copy.


+ IronsightJohnny on February 17th, 2017 at 1:26 pm said:

So it only works with the PS4 Pro ? I can’t use it on my regular PS4? Do I have that right ? I spent 600 on the VR and now I have to buy another PS4 ? Please let me know because I was also thinking of the 6TB add on for my regular PS4 !


    + MrBeens on February 17th, 2017 at 1:56 pm said:

    It works just fine in VR on your regular PS4. It’s just optomized to look better in VR if you have the Pro.


+ MrBeens on February 17th, 2017 at 2:03 pm said:

I don’t own Dirt Rally, but I really really really hope this VR DLC sells extremely well, because I WILL be getting Dirt 4, and if that doesn’t get a VR add on, I’ll curl up in the fetal position and cry.


+ Thwip on February 17th, 2017 at 2:59 pm said:

I’d have to assume the best result for any PlayStation.Blog post is a purchase. Well, I made mine, the DiRT Rally Plus PlayStation VR Bundle. Thanks for adding VR support and the introductory offer.


+ Enoroc on February 17th, 2017 at 3:52 pm said:

Downloading as we speak! I just upgraded to pro and got a VR as well. Great to see more full games for the system. I love racing games and was going to get Driveclub. The reviews for that was rather dismal though, so I’m jumping into the deep end with this one instead. 15 minutes left now… Quite stoked!


    + SirRealDeal on February 17th, 2017 at 4:51 pm said:

    Driveclub VR is great. But this Dirt Rally… holy crap it’s awesome in VR. I bought physical copy a month ago when I first heard about VR upgrade. I tried playing it before the upgrade. Sucked terribly. But for some reason the game is MUCH more playable in VR. Anyone with PSVR who’s a racing game fan needs to get this pronto. It’s pretty unforgiving when you fuck up but it’s so exhilarating once you ‘get it.’


+ XwulfD on February 17th, 2017 at 7:50 pm said:

Hi I just bought the whole bundle

I cant find the VR mode, its my first time playing Dirt rally, do I need to get far the game before i can use the VR?


    + Enoroc on February 17th, 2017 at 10:05 pm said:

    Its’s in the lower middle of the very first menu. Says “Enable VR”


    + RezzaUK on February 18th, 2017 at 3:18 am said:

    Wait until game fully downloads (percentage at top left corner). Preview mode doesn’t work in VR. I was surprised too. But I have to say – simply wow. This is amazing! A whole new experience playing rally games.


+ emilioacunha on February 18th, 2017 at 5:12 am said:

Thank you for this CodeMasters. I’ve been waiting for your psvr support since the announcement. I was actually playing the game in psvr with cinematic mode and it was already awesome. I just tried the upgrade and by far one of the best psvr experiences. The only thing that I found strange is that I have a Thrustmaster T100 and the animation doesn’t match what I’m doing in the actual wheel. I haven’t played around with the settings though, so I’m not sure if it is something I can configure.


+ IronsightJohnny on February 18th, 2017 at 2:36 pm said:

Thanks MrBeens , one more question I can still hook up a 6TB hard drive to my Batman Ed PS4 ?


+ nick7pep on February 21st, 2017 at 9:27 am said:

So i bought the digital version and the vr add on from the ps store. But when i turn the game on in vr it doesnt enter vr mode. Anyone else have this problem. has the most recent update. Don’t know what else to try


    + nick7pep on February 21st, 2017 at 9:33 am said:

    Nevermind i see now haha


+ Bandit1200cc on February 21st, 2017 at 12:13 pm said:

Couldn’t find the bundle and couldn’t wait. Was planning on getting Dirt anyway so bought it from Amazon (I like to have the disc) and will be downloading that DLC asap! Been waiting since PSVR came out for a decent game. Well done, Codemasters!


+ rodin1967 on February 21st, 2017 at 2:51 pm said:

Thank you Codies for supporting PSVR been a fan of both the Dirt and F1 series. But my problem right now it’s not available for download in Asia PS Store. Do you now if and when it will release here?


+ RoyalCactopi on February 21st, 2017 at 5:22 pm said:

Brilliant, can’t wait to try this out! Still waiting for Amazon to get the VR bundles back in stock, but this will be my first purchase once they are.


+ HotNFresh on February 22nd, 2017 at 12:19 pm said:

Okay the question that everyone wants to know… Will just the Base Game get PS4 PRO support?


+ jay89jay_ on February 23rd, 2017 at 5:01 pm said:

Hi I’ve the physical copy of dirt rally I’ve bought the vr upgrade but won’t leave me download it not even giving an option for it any help appreciated

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