Best VR games for Oculus Quest, Windows PC and PSVR
Each game has one or more of the listed platform names and it is great new experiences to take advantage of the technology.
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Headsets have huge libraries of quality games. Developers are constantly coming up with great new experiences to take advantage of the technology. Whatever VR headsets you have, here’s a list of brilliant games to try out.The world on VR platforms
You’ll notice that each game has one or more of the listed platform names, but you may not be familiar with all of them. As for the PC, there are several digital shop windows that sell games. Usually, with non-VR games, that doesn’t make much of a difference. However, the PC Oculus store and Steam’s SteamVR use different APIs and therefore will not work the same on all headphones.
For example, if you have Oculus Quest or Oculus Rift connected to your VR computer. You will play VR games from the Oculus store flawlessly. However, to play SteamVR games, there must be little communication between the two APIs. It can sometimes lead to less than a perfect experience.
If you don’t have an Oculus headset, that means you won’t be able to buy games from the Oculus store. It’s definitely better to use the SteamVR version of the game anyway if you don’t have an Oculus device.
When the game is listed as having a version of Oculus Quest. This means that it can be played originally on these standalone headphones without a computer. Quest versions of games are inevitably somewhat reduced compared to the same title running on PC. Watch out for certain titles that include a desktop version and Quest. If you buy one of them, you can play the Quest version while you are away and switch to the PC version at your desk. Of course, a PSVR game will require a Sony PSVR headset compatible consoleHalf-Life: Alyx
Platform: Steam VR
Half-Life is one of the most famous video game franchises and fans have been waiting for the third major part for almost 15 years. It’s been so long that Half-Life 3 has become an online meme. But no one seriously expected the game to ever see the light of day. That was until Valve Software announced that a new Half-Life game was under construction and stirred up the entire internet. It was a disappointment when it was pointed out that Half-Life Alyx will only be able to play for VR. Even so, it’s a fantastic VR game.
Alyx pushes the boundaries of current VR game design in a variety of ways. Writing and building the world is as good as any other part of Half-Life, which means your mileage can vary. However, in gameplay and visual design, no other VR game can touch Alyx. Set as a sequel to Half-Life 2, you play Alyx Vance.
This is a first-person shooter, but Valve has solved so many problems that the FPS genre encounters in VR. From movement to shooting physics, everything is so smooth that it’s hard to go back to less sophisticated shooting games in VR. Alyx is best experienced using the right computer and Valve Index headphones. However, it’s no less convincing using other SteamVR-compatible headphones like the Oculus Rift S or Quest.The Climb
Platforms: Oculus Rift and Quest
If you are afraid of heights, you can skip this game. And if you want to increase your heart rate a little, then The Climb is easy to recommend. The premise of the game is simple. You are a climber who must reach the top of each peak on each level. The challenge comes in finding the best route and managing limited grip endurance to make sure you don’t fall! Whether you are playing the PC or Quest version, Climb is also beautiful and meditative.
It is especially satisfying when you finally get to the top and enjoy the final spacious view. Your character even emits a cry of joy after reaching the top. Thanks to the heights that cause dizziness and standing position. Climb isn’t for everyone, but if those aspects are within your comfort level, that’s the title you have to play.Superhot VR
Platforms: Oculus Quest, Steam VR
A plain non-VR version of Superhot was a rare breath of fresh air in the world of cookie shooters. This elegant puzzle shooter uses unique time mechanics in which the action moves only forward like you. Think of it as being in the Matrix, where time stands still and you can decide exactly what to do. Each encounter in the game has multiple enemies rushing you as you progress through the level. It will probably take more attempts to get through all the crazier situations. The really nice thing is that in the end, you can watch a replay of your running in real time.
The VR version of Superhot may be a definite experience. The game has always felt like it was meant for VR and this has proven to be the best way to play. We would warmly recommend the Oculus Quest version, but Superhot VR is great wherever you try it.Elite Dangerous
Platforms: Steam VR and Oculus Rift
Some of the best VR experiences are those in the cockpit. Whether it’s car racing around the track, operating a mechanism or flying a spaceship. Elite Dangerous deals with the latter and to be honest, we can’t imagine playing this game in any other way than in virtual reality.
You start out as a pilot with a shabby little boat and an even worse bank account. Over time, you will complete contracts and create those cash reserves to become an actual threat. Dangerous plays well on a monitor or TV screen, but the VR experience is truly transformative. You really feel you’re in that cockpit. It’s actually nerves when those cracks show up in your canopy during the heat of battle. The scale of things is only visible in VR.Tetris Effect
Platforms: PSVR and Oculus Quest
Tetris Effect started life as a PSVR exclusive and is still fantastic on its original platform. With that in mind, the game has now expanded to other systems and we would recommend the Oculus Quest version of the game. Compared to others, you play this meditative masterpiece anywhere.
At its core, this is just Tetris. The same world phenomenon was first created by Alexey Pajitnov. This, however, does not make Tetris Effect justified at all, as this game focuses on surreal, beautiful audio-visual experiences. The name “Tetris Effect” refers to what happens when you play so many games. And yet you can still see it when you close your eyes. Something people first noticed with Tetris being always addictive.Resident Evil 7
Speaking of PSVR exclusives, the VR version of Resident Evil 7 can only be found on Sony’s very popular console. The RE 7 is intimidating enough on a flat screen, but if you never want to fall asleep again, VR mode really raises the tension. This first-person view of the Resident Evil franchise has proven popular.
The latest title in the series, Resident Evil Village keeps that perspective. Unfortunately, the latest title does not offer VR game mode. That has changed with Resident Evil 4 VR, which is more action-oriented.