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Review on War Thunder VR: is it worth it, setup tips + player reviews

Hello my dear VR friend! Modern technologies do not stand still. There was an opportunity to plunge into history, experiencing all the events for yourself. The War Thunder VR mode will allow you to feel like a pilot with complete immersion. Will you be able to cope with the tasks set while sitting at the helm of a virtual plane?

Game Review

War Thunder is a complete flight simulator in VR mode, and includes controls for military vehicles and ships from 1939-1946. More than 60 maps have been developed for all types of military operations. Most of the battlefields are copied from reality. The game modes of War Thunder will not let even an experienced player get bored, and the VR connection will make the immersion in the gameplay more realistic.


The Thunder player is given the opportunity to feel like a pilot, sitting at the helm of an aircraft, a tanker or an experienced shooter on a ship.

When using the VR mode in War Thunder, the gamer becomes part of the game. The pilot will be able to monitor the status of the vehicle, as well as the number of rounds and reload time, using sensors on the dashboard.

When taking damage, it takes into account what material the hull is made of and where the projectile hit. If the point of impact is a vital part for the technique, then it will collapse. This approach of the developer makes the gameplay of War Thunder close to reality.

Release date and platforms

Gaijin Entertainment has been working on the War Thunder flight simulator since 2009. Initially, there was another name – World of Planes. From the very beginning, the developers have been creating a massive online flight simulator. Then the platform expanded. New pieces of military equipment have been added to War Thunder, and protracted testing has begun.

In 2016, on December 20, there was an official release of the game with available developments. On June 19, 2018, War Thunder became available on Xbox One. Currently playable on Windows, OS X, Linux, PS4, Android, and Xbox One. The latest update, released on October 24, 2018, added beta testing of the military fleet.

Minimum and recommended system requirements

Minimum system requirements:

For Windows:

  • ОС Windows 7/Vista/8/10.
  • Processor 2.2 GHz.
  • RAM 4 GB RAM.
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000 / AMD Radeon 46XX / NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 graphics card.
  • DirectX Version 9.0c.
  • Disk space 7 GB.

For OS X:

  • OS 10.12 Sierra.
  • Dual-Core 2.4 GHz (Xeon processors not supported).
  • RAM 4 GB RAM.
  • Intel 4000 HD / Radeon HD 5550 / GeForce 8800 video card.
    Disk space 7 GB.

When immersed in the VR world of War Thunder, I advise you to use hardware that supports more stringent requirements. Here the picture will be more interesting, and the gameplay will go faster.

Recommended system requirements:

For Windows:

  • ОС:Windows 7 64bit /Vista 64bit /8 64bit /10 64bit.
  • Processor Intel Core i5.
  • RAM 8 GB RAM.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 or higher video card, AMD Radeon series 77XX or higher.
  • DirectX Version 9.0c.
  • Disk space 16 GB.

For OS X:

  • OS 10.12 Sierra.
  • Intel Core i7 (Xeon processors not supported).
  • RAM 8 GB RAM.
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M or higher video card.
  • Disk space 16 GB.

What devices is the game compatible with (helmets, controllers)

In War Thunder, the VR mode supports glasses of the types that can be connected to a computer or console, as well as glasses for Android devices connected using Trinus VR. The most used PC models are HTC vive and Oculus rift. How to connect these models to a PC, I will tell you later.

Using flight simulator-adapted joysticks or trackpads will improve the immersion of the game experience through VR mode.

How to install and run

To launch the VR mode in War Thunder, you need to update the client version to the latest one and configure it. Drivers for VR glasses must be installed in advance, then go to the War Thunder game settings and activate the VR mode. If everything is set correctly, then the gameplay of War Thunder will be broadcast through virtual reality glasses.

You can use budget versions of virtual reality glasses. To do this, connect your Android device to your computer via Trinus VR and broadcast the War Thunder game image to your phone.

When using this method, it is possible to use even Google Cardboard or cheaper analogues of virtual reality glasses. It is important that the smartphone and computer are connected permanently and uninterruptedly.


On the Internet, you can come across both positive and negative reviews about War Thunder.

SaBbitT, positive feedback:

WT is something to be proud of! After all, this masterpiece is from a canadian developer! A great flight simulator that allows you to feel like a real pilot in VR mode. I use htc vive myself. Excellent graphics and game modes. I advise everyone!

smill1, negative review:

I spent a lot of time upgrading the branch. When I got to the very end, I realized that it was all useless. Without further donation, no development can take place. The game requires a lot of investment, but many can not afford it! I just want to enjoy the game.

Arthur, positive feedback:

The best example in this genre. I have been looking for a similar game for a long time, because I like action games in the air. Here you are not limited in your battles. War Thunder combines all the possibilities of military equipment, and each player will find something of their own. Separately, I advise you to try flying in VR mode. Just a tower!


Similar games

Gaijin Entertainment has launched various flight simulation projects. Similar to War Thunder are:

  • IL-2 Sturmovik – a flight simulator that allows the player to participate in air battles of the Second World War;
  • Apache is a combat helicopter control simulator, the passage of the main missions is to fight against terrorism;
  • Birds of steel is a continuation of the IL-2 Sturmovik game series.


The introduction of the VR mode allowed the player to become one with the game. At the moment, this is the only opportunity to test yourself as a pilot in a team game along with land or sea military equipment. Cross-platform allows players to be together on the same map, whether a user of a computer, Xbox or PS4.

The study of reliable historical nuances is worthy of the highest praise.

Game score

It’s hard to rate War Thunder for sure. The game can be called the only flight simulator with VR mode. But even here there are bugs, videos and screenshots of which are full of forums. Evaluating the game on a five-point scale, I will give it a solid 4 points.

Using the VR mode in War Thunder completely captivated me. High-quality processing of the gameplay makes it possible to feel the drive from flying on a military aircraft. Yes, at some point the laws of physics just turn off. You can be sure that the developers will still correct such moments by introducing something new, because the project turned out to be worthwhile!

How much, where to buy

The War Thunder game can be freely downloaded via Steam. In-app purchases are made to improve the basic characteristics of available vehicles, and you can also buy additional content (tanks or aircraft). You can find out the cost and description of purchases in the Steam store or in the War Thunder game itself.

Finally, I would like to say that for 2-3 hours of War Thunder in VR mode, you can relax and take your mind off a hard day! Virtual reality is addictive, but you should not abuse the online mode. Subscribe to articles, follow the news and share usefulness. Bye!

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