The PlayStation VR launch is here and Sony has done a nice job at getting indie devs on board alongside big names like Ubisoft and EA.
We've now published our full review of the PlayStation VR review, which should be your next logical destination. We'll be continually revising this as new games and hardware appear between now and the holidays.
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PS VR's accessible price of $399 should help the company make a killing by the end of 2016, with preorders proving popular. There's also various launch bundle where you'll get the headset, PlayStation Camera and two Move controllers along with PlayStation VR Worlds and a Playroom VR digital download.
The below list is very much a work in progress with games that we've played pre-launch up top and everything else that's coming following on from that. Some are PS4 titles which now have a VR mode, some were built specifically for virtual reality. Let us know what you're playing in the comments and we'll update this with post-launch games too very soon.
RIGS Mechanized Combat League
RIGS sounds a little nutty at first. Through a combination of drivable combat robots, basketball and major league sports elements, you get a first-person multiplayer shooter that will likely be popular on Twitch. You're in a seated mech cockpit, which suits VR, and you turn your head to aim. There's deathmatch and football modes and 24 RIGS to choose from - you've just gotta get through that 30 minute tutorial (ugh) first.
Batman Arkham VR
Be the Batman in VR – what more sell do you need than that? The new Arkham game from Rocksteady Studios, which said Arkham Knight would be its last, sees you exploring iconic locations like Wayne Manor and the Batcave, focusing on Batman's skills as a detective.
There's comic book-style murder mystery, a slow pace and dark psychology but there's only about an hour of gameplay to complete. Also, there's an amazing bit at the start of the game where you get to put on the Batsuit while admiring yourself in the mirror.
The London Heist (VR Worlds)
Set in London's gritty criminal underworld, this is one of the five experiences in VR Worlds. TheLondon Heist allows you to use the PlayStation Move controllers in both hands for added realism, so you can duck for cover, hang out of windows, smoke a cigar and manually reload your gun with clips. Putting on your own cockney accent while you 'top' bad-geezers is totally optional. There's only about 20/30 minutes of gameplay, it's a shame we won't get more, but it's still worth checking out.
Away from the action is puzzle showcase Tumble VR. Play with DualShock or Move controllers (the latter are more helpful) as you stack objects of varying weights, mirror laser beams around a course and demolish groups of 3D shapes. You'll need a steady hand and some patience. Single and multiplayer, this is oddly relaxing. Cheap, too.
This multiplayer space shooter from CCP Games had a bit of a headstart as it's been in development for a few years. Also on Oculus Rift, EVE: Valkyrie is a fast-paced dogfight set in the EVE: Online universe. You can play against headset wearing friends in short, fun sessions, swap ships and try out capture the flag modes. Plus, dying in this game is kind of magical. Just be warned - motion sickness might set in after a while.
A PS4 remake of Sega's psychedelic rail-shooter Rez – a cult classic originally on PlayStation 2 – now includes VR support as well as upgraded graphics. With gameplay that might not last you more than an hour, you may think the price is high but you won't feel shortchanged. The combination of intense, abstract visuals and music here is hard to beat in terms of immersion. A must download.
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
Definitely one with the scares and lols factor, stick one of your mates into this first person survival shooter on the difficult level and watch them jump. We don't want to ruin too much but if you're scared of clowns, zombies or old timey theme parks, give this a go for some VR thrills.
Taking the 'original' VR first person tank battle Atari game and 21st-centurying it is certainly a bold ambition but this is goddamn fun. The motion is slower, because it's tanks, which reduces motion sickness, the blocky graphics work well with PlayStation VR's tech limitations and there's both a campaign and co-op modes for your money.
If you want a 'quick go' of something and you're into football/soccer, you'll probably quickly get addicted to Headmaster as three quarters of the UK Wareable team has already. It's a simple task of heading balls at (sometimes moving) targets, bombs, around 'goalies' etc that gets trickier and is one of the easiest to pass around to play. It's a bit odd launching your head at a virtual ball at first but you'll soon get the hang of it.
Super Stardust Ultra VR
Now, here's a VR port you can get into - just remember Sony advises breaks every hour. Arcade shooter Super Stardust has nine classic 'god view' modes as well as a special Invasion Zone VR mode that puts you in a cockpit shooting down enemies and picking up power ups and weapons while avoiding space debris. The best bit? You'll happily replay it again and again to get that high score up.
100ft Robot Golf
We couldn't miss 100ft Robot Golf from No Goblinout. It does what it says on the tin, really. Four players can urban golf, as robots, at once because it's all just crazy and silly – plus if big old buildings or other robots are in your way, the idea is that you smash them down to take your shot. Not an essential buy but silly nonetheless.
This is primarily a gaming accessory but it's worth checking out launch apps including Within - a high quality library of social and entertainment, 360 degree videos - Allumette, an exquisite VR animation which is Move compatible and Invasion! a fun Pixar style short.
There's also David Attenborough and the Natural History Museum's excellent experience First Life VR. They're all free and available to download alongside Hulu, Kismet, Littlstar VR Cinema (Discovery, Nat Geo, Disney) and Vrideo.
Here's what to look forward to - many of the games below will be out by Christmas so you might want to save some money for this little lot.
A fresh VR game from SF based Impulse Gear, Farpoint is an exploration and survival game set on an alien world, post crash landing. From what we've played so far it's a pretty basic FPS, but what makes it so awesome is the new PS VR Aim controller you'll be playing it with. The one-to-one tracking makes it feel like you're really using a gun, and whether or not Farpoint turns out to be any good, it'll be important as a showcase of the Aim controller's potential. No confirmed release date yet.
Resident Evil VII Biohazard
Capcom is hyping up the scare credentials of the latest Resident Evil PS4 game in VR mode as escalating "the unsettling feeling of presence to a level that horror fans have never experienced." It's set in a derelict plantation mansion in modern day times, and while we won't spoil anything, the demo alone is damn creepy. You can play the demo on PS4 right now without VR, but we'd recommend waiting to try it with the headset - it's worth it, especially for a particularly neat found-footage sequence. This one's due on 24 January 2017.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
How excited you'll be about Ubisoft and Red Storm's Star Trek VR game depends on how much you want to fiddle with Federation starship controls and well, how much you're into Star Trek. Down with both? Proceed. What's especially cool is that this is a four person co-op that sees you and your mates taking on different characters. Launching this autumn.
Star Wars: Battlefront X-Wing VR
Star Wars Battlefront is perhaps the most exciting title Sony snagged. Announced at GDC 2016 and teased a bit more at E3, the game will be heading exclusively to PS VR. Further details on the gameplay are scarce apart from a glimpse of an X-Wing cockpit. However it's to be expected that folks in VR will be able to join in with regular console players and it will be free for the owners of the PS4 game.
Final Fantasy XIV
"For us, there can be no going back." This may actually be the case after entering this new, reborn realm. FF XIV is only the second MMORPG within the Final Fantasy series, so bringing it to virtual reality is a huge deal. With all new scenery and mounts on VR, we can certainly expect some unique side quests. That said, from the looks of E3 2016, it's more of a DLC experience than a fully-fledged game.
Ubisoft's experimental VR demo is now an official PlayStation VR title. Assassin's Creed fans got super excited about this as Ubisoft used what looks like the Paris of AC: Unity, but the games publisher has categorically said that this isn't that series for VR.
Instead, it's a third-person game/experience of well, flying as an eagle over the city streets of Paris. Plus Ubisoft reckons very few people who tried the demo experienced any discomfort.
This is a PlayStation exclusive from Highwire Games and it looks damn interesting. You play as a girl controlling golems, via your eyes and movements, while creeping through ancient ruins filled with treasures.
The devs say that the aim of the game is to make you feel the power of controlling these golems. It's an interesting mechanic and we can't wait to see where they take it.
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin
The PS4 game Psychonauts, about psychic secret agents, is coming to the PlayStation VR as a standalone experience that's another exclusive for the platform. According to Double Fine Productions, the VR game is set at the end of Psychonauts and designed to set up the narrative and plot threads of the sequel, a wedge of new material in between the full games.
Ace Combat 7
Namco Bandai's arcade flight Ace Combat series comes to the PS4 and VR with photorealistic graphics, authentic and futuristic aircraft to choose from and – no doubt – familiar dogfighting action.
Robinson: The Journey
In Crytek's new title you take on the role of a boy who has crash-landed on a breathtaking planet. The demo we played took us on a walk through a jungle that required puzzle solving, while also lifting some of the tech of Crytek's rock-climbing game The Climb. As we explored, a robotic companion named Robin guided and informed us, providing hints during some of the game's more puzzling moments. Oh, and did we mention the 50-foot dinosaur?
As a journalist eager to make the headlines, you will embark on a journey with mysterious occurrences – all to find out who murdered Harris Bullard. This is the first horror title released by Robot Invader and you'll be looking to unravel the clues behind the mystery, using virtual reality to your advantage.
Gran Turismo Sport
Gran Turismo has been a Sony exclusive, as well as a huge hit, for years and that doesn't seem to be changing any time soon. With the use of virtual reality, the legendary racing game can be taken a step further, and will feature FIA Gran Turismo Championships to give you a chance to get your head in the race for your favourite car manufacturer or home country.
Pollen has been built with VR in mind and the visuals look stunning. It's a game in which you explore Titan – Saturn's largest moon. Obviously, being in deep space alone, a few things are bound to go wrong.
Additional words by Charlie Davis.
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