Paul Coleman, head of Codemasters design for DiRT 4, has answered all kinds of questions from users on Reddit, confirming that virtual reality support in the game would arrive after the launch.
At the moment Codemasters does not want to get wet at all about whether DiRT 4, announced last week, will or will not be compatible with virtual reality. It was initially stated that its implementation would depend on the success of the DLC for PSVR in DiRT Rally, which could arrive over the next few weeks. However, at the insistence of the community, which kept asking about the virtual reality support in the company’s new title, Coleman stated in his Ask Me Anything session on Reddit that they want to focus on the game first and that they would evaluate virtual reality after the launch.
At the moment we are completely focused on finishing the game. We’ll look into VR support when we’ve done that. It takes a lot of effort to have a VR-ready game, especially when you offer the entire game in virtual reality (as we have done with DiRT Rally), so it’s something we will consider after launch.
Since DiRT Rally is currently only compatible with Oculus Rift, another of the questions asked to Coleman was about possible compatibility with HTC Vive, to which he has replied that he cannot make any promises at this time, but since the Vive community has roundly expressed its discomfort about the situation, Codemasters would like to support it at some point, without finishing making it clear if it refers to DiRT Rally or DiRT 4. Later he answers another question about it indicating that no decision has been made on the VR for DiRT 4, but if they find a way they will make it compatible with Vive, although it has to be profitable for them.
Finally, when asked if he thinks VR will be an important part of the future of video games, Coleman has indicated that it still has to take some time for us to get an idea, also indicating that he himself uses VR at work but does not have any HMD at home.