The best PlayStation VR games for your shiny new headset

Big names and indie titles for Sony's PS4 headset
The PlayStation VR games to play now

The PlayStation VR is now just over a year old, and in that time Sony has shifted more than 1 million units, so it's fair to say it's off to a good start. That's been supported by a good lineup of games - after all, what good is VR without something to play on it?

If you're still on the fence, you can read our full PlayStation VR review. As for the games, you'll find the best of the bunch below, and we'll be continually revising this as more appear.

Read this: PlayStation VR tips and tricks

With a reasonably accessible price of $399 we expect headsets will continue to sell well going into the holiday period, although note that Oculus recently brought down the price of the Rift (with Touch controllers) to $399, so the competition is tougher than ever. For PS VR there are various bundles where you'll get the headset, PlayStation Camera and two Move controllers along with PlayStation VR Worlds and a Playroom VR digital download.

We rate the rest: HTC Vive review | Oculus Rift review

In the list below, we've put the games we've played up top, and below that are the upcoming games we're most excited for. 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 sections.

Superhot VR

One of the best VR games hits PlayStation. Superhot's unique mechanic means time only moves when you do, turning you into a total bullet-dodging badass. While the limitations of the PS VR's camera make this version feel a little more constrained than the other versions, it's still just as much fun. A hot mess, in the best way possible.

$24.99, playstation.com| Amazon

Tiny Trax

Tiny Trax is proof that VR games don't have to take a first-person view to feel immersive. Think Micro Machines but the tracks is winding around you, as you watch the cars race past your face, over your head, and even underwater - which yes, requires submerging your head beneath the virtual ocean. This was one of our favorites of E3 2017.

$19.99, playstation.com

Archangel

Movie production studio Skydance Interactive makes its virtual reality debut with this on-the-rails arcade shooter. Strapped inside a giant mech, each arm loaded with an arsenal of weapons at your disposal, you must help lead the United States Free Forces in their war against HUMNX. Move controllers are optional for controlling the mech's arms, but we'd recommend them.

$29.99, playstation.com

Farpoint

This PSVR exclusive was the launch title for the new Aim Controller, which comes with vibration feedback and motion sensing. Think of Farpoint as a more modern version of classic arcade shooters like House of the Dead, except in VR and you're a space marine that's crash landed on a hostile alien planet. We've really enjoyed what we've played, but be warned that it's quite a short experience. Multiplayer PvP is also coming down the road.

$24.99, playstation.com | Amazon

Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes

A firm fave from other VR platforms like Oculus/Gear VR, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a neat example of a group PlayStation VR game (from Steel Crate Games) for the living room. One of you wears the VR headset, the rest have a 'manual' to help you defuse a ticking bomb. Expect frustration. A lot of frustration. For two to four players.

$14.99, playstation.com

Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin

The PS2 cult class Psychonauts is getting a sequel for PS4, but in the meantime developer Double Fine has produced a VR game to bridge the two together. But this is more than a side project; Psychonauts: In the Rhombus of Ruin has enough substance to go the distance (at least three hours, and that's if you're speeding through).

The first-person update on the point-and-click genre has all the charm you'd expect from a game written by Tim Schafer, while the movement mechanics do well to avert any nausea problems. Be sure to check out our chat with Double Fine about bringing Psychonauts into virtual reality.

$13.99, playstation.com | Amazon

Batman Arkham VR

Be the Batman in VR – what more sell do you need than that? The new Arkham game from Rocksteady Studios is already one of our favourite PS VR titles and sees you exploring iconic Gotham locations like the Batcave. The game focuses on Batman's skills as a detective, but don't worry, you'll still get plenty of opportunities to throw around some Battarangs.

The story is a comic book-style murder mystery, with a fairly slow pace and dark mood. But interacting with other characters, rewinding time at crime scenes, putting on the Batsuit and fighting high above Gotham are all pretty thrilling in these gorgeous, detailed VR environments. (Our tip: Best played with Move controllers and standing, though you can use DualShock if you prefer).

$19.99, playstation.com | Amazon

Rez Infinite

A PS4 remake of Sega's psychedelic rail-shooter Rez – a PlayStation 2 cult classic – now includes VR support, not to mention 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.

$29.99, playstation.com

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Resident Evil is back, and it's better than the series has been in quite some time. Not only that, but the latest entry, Biohazard, lets you play entirely in VR for added scares. It's a great showcase of how PS VR can go the distance with a full-length game, a quality entry to the franchise, and downright terrifying to boot.

$59.99, playstation.com | Amazon

I Expect You To Die

This spy-themed escape-the-room puzzler is one of our favourite VR games yet, and the title doesn't lie: you are going to die a lot. Plonked into a series of tricky situations, you'll have to use your brains to come up with an exit strategy before it all goes to hell. Can you escape - or more pertinently, how many different ways can you die?

$24.99, playstation.com

The London Heist (VR Worlds)

Set in London's gritty criminal underworld, this is one of the five experiences in VR Worlds. The London 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, all while feeling like a total badass.

Putting on your own cockney accent while you 'top' bad geezers is totally optional. There's only about 20/30 minutes of gameplay, and it's a shame we won't get more, but it's still worth checking out.

Free (with PlayStation VR Worlds - $39.99), playstation.com | Amazon

Job Simulator

As long as you know what you're getting here - a bright, simple, beginner friendly set of simulator games - you won't be disappointed. A great choice to show scared family members what VR is like in a world that plays fast and loose with the definition of "job". The Move controllers are your hands, and your workspace is your toybox. Hours of fun guaranteed.

$19.99, playstation.com | Amazon

Thumper

Freaky yet mesmerising, Thumper is a "rhythm violence" game that is one of the most intense experiences you can have on the PlayStation VR.

You hit your DualShock controller to match a drum beat as you would in a more relaxing Guitar Hero-style scenario. Ominous graphics pulse all around as you control a bug hurtling down a track. There are also obstacles and combos of rhythms to take down big bosses. Pretty damn unique.

$19.99, playstation.com

Eagle Flight

Ubisoft's experimental VR demo is now an official PlayStation VR title. Eagle Flight, a third-person game/experience of, well, flying as an eagle over the streets of Paris. Only there are no people, and animals roam the city.

Multiplayer is fun with 3 v 3 'capture the prey' gameplay but the story missions and challenges start more serenely - collecting items, perfecting your tilting technique, gliding over rivers or swooping underground - before moving onto battles in the sky. There's also free roam if you just want to feel like you're flying for a while and admire the beaut CG view. Ubisoft has also made it cross-platform (as it will for its future VR lineup), meaning you can play with friends who have an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.

$39.99, ubisoft.com | Amazon

Star Trek: Bridge Crew

How excited you are 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. But even if Stark Trek isn't your think, Bridge Crew is one of the best showcases right now of what multiplayer VR can be, as you and three other people must work together to command the S.S.Aegis through the wonders and dangers of space.

$49.99 ubisoft.com | Amazon

Tumble VR

Away from the action is puzzle title 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.

$9.99, supermassivegames.com | Amazon

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EVE: Valkyrie - Warzone

This multiplayer space shooter from CCP Games is a fast-paced dogfight set in the EVE: Online universe, and now it's even bigger with the Warzone expansion pack, which adds new modes but also removes the necessity of wearing a headset at all (it also includes the entire base game). You can play against other PS VR friends in short, fun sessions, swap ships and try out capture the flag modes. Plus, dying in this game is strangely magical.

$29.99, playstation.com | Amazon

Robinson: The Journey

In Crytek's adventure title you take on the role of a boy who has crash-landed on a breathtaking planet, which is the closest you'll come to experiencing Jurassic Park for now. The lack of motion controls is a shame, and visually it's not among the best, but The Journey is still a great game of substantial length, making it a rare beast right now.

$49.99, playstation.com | Amazon

Until Dawn: Rush of Blood

Here's one to bring the scares. Stick one of your friends into this first person survival shooter on the difficult level and watch them jump for some great "lols". We don't want to ruin too much but if you're scared of clowns, zombies or old timey theme parks, you might not want to play this too close to bedtime.

$19.99, playstation.com| Amazon

Battlezone

Taking the 'original' VR first-person-tank-battle Atari game and 21st-centurying it is certainly a bold ambition, but the results are great. The motion is slower, because it's tanks, which reduces motion sickness, and the blocky graphics work well with PlayStation VR's tech limitations. You've also got a campaign and co-op mode for your money.

$39.99, battlezone.com | Amazon

Headmaster

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.

Read this: Headmaster convinced me simple VR can be addictive

It's a bit odd launching your head at a virtual ball at first but you'll soon get the hang of it. Most repeat plays at Wareable HQ so far.

$19.99, playstation.com

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.

$19.99, playstation.com | Amazon

100ft Robot Golf

We couldn't miss 100ft Robot Golf from No Goblinoff this list. 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 fun nonetheless.

$19.99, 100ftrobotgolf.com

Coming soon

Here's what we currently have 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.

Skyrim VR - November 2017

Skyrim, Bethesda's seminal open-world RPG, is getting the full VR treatment on PlayStation this November. That's six years since the original launched, to give you an idea of this game's enduring popularity. The game utilizes a teleport mechanic to let you move around, and we found it worked surprisingly well in our short playtime. There's support for traditional DualShock 4 controller movement if you'd prefer, however. It'll include all of the previous Skyrim add-ons when it arrives too.

Doom VFR - December 2017

Unlike Skyrim, Bethesda's VR twist on Doom is a totally new experience. For that reason it feels a bit more of a natural fit, and includes support for the PS VR Aim controller for added blood-splattering immersion. Locomotion is approached a bit differently here too with a combination of teleportation and short leaps, which only adds to the characteristic frenetic gameplay. Get some.

Moss - February 2018

You're a mouse, with a sword, exploring an enchanted wood. What's not to like? Teased at E3 2017, this is another third-person, charm-filled VR platformer game in the style of Lucky's Tale. From what we've seen so far Moss promises to further diversify the PS VR's lineup of games, and at Paris Games Week developer Polyarc confirmed it will be out in February.

Sprint Vector

After falling in love with Sprint Vector on HTC Vive we're thrilled it's also coming to PS VR. The game employs some interesting locomotion techniques, asking you get from point A to point B by swinging your arms in a ski-iing like motion, while you'll also have to climb walls and even fly like Superman. Not only does this make movement feel more natural, it helps avoid the feeling of motion sickness. The developers tell us we can expect a lot more to be announced soon, including some notable character voice actors.

League of War: VR Arena - November 2017

Think Advance Wars meets the tower defense genre... meets VR. Got that? Good. VR Arena is the VR counterpart to the mobile game League of War: Mercenaries and while the idea of a tabletop war simulator might not sound like the perfect fit for VR - trust us, it is. It's out 7 November and from what we've played, this has potential to be one of our top picks of the year.

The Inpatient - November 2017

Supermassive Games has announced a prequel to its horror game Until Dawn, which will put us inside a mental institute 60 years prior. It all looks very eerie and the teaser has left us with a lot of questions - but consider us onboard. We originally thought we'd be waiting on this one until 2018, but it's now confirmed to launch on 21 November this year.

Golem - December 2017

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 developers say that the aim of the game is to make you feel the power of controlling these golems. Will be interesting to see where they take this mechanic.

Ace Combat 7 - 2018

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.

Dead Secret

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 - Late 2017

Gran Turismo has been a Sony exclusive, as well as a huge hit, for years. 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.

P.O.L.L.E.N.

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.


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38 Comments

  • Beery says:

    Since none of these games are even close to being out yet, I have to wonder how much money Sony is giving you for this fluff piece?

    • j.stables says:

      What an odd conclusion to draw from a round up of games that's heading to such a groundbreaking device. We also have similar articles for Oculus et al...

    • 2makeasplash says:

      Sony know more about game development than virtually any other company- please don't prejudge until Sony VRs launch- then you can make an informed decision!

    • Matthewsmeier says:

      You're an ass. This is a list of games to be launched and the better of the ones already out. How the fuck can a list be a "fluff" piece? Pull your head out of your ass and stop being such a contrarian.

      • garyboss says:

        just played ps4 vr I'm 59 and my boys are in there 30s and are gamers battle field etc could never get to play cause of the controls to much to take in with all the botton pushing but got use to vr and really got caught up and was able to get in to it and have fun thanks for that

  • McCatAlpha says:

    I found this very infromative and interesting.

  • 678tray678trayT says:

    wow i want one if you have a damaged one may i have it please the graphics are raw 

    • Scrubkilla says:

      Get a job, parasite.

  • dmc2020 says:

    Can you have 2 VR headsets on one ps4?

    • LinckG says:

      No, 1 headset per PS4.  I think the idea is each player has a PS4 and you join your friends online to play.  Besides, it uses the camera to see where you are looking.  It would be dangerous to have to sit that close to another VR player.  You wouldn't be able to see each other IRL.

  • CloudThought says:

    I would buy it if it was sold separate and could be used on pc because I don't use the ps4 and never will, they should think about that, and if it sold for the same price they might get more sells.

    • ppilutoo says:

      U don't know how prices work for consoles do u? Sony is selling it so cheap for ps4 because it is getting zero profit from PS vr, the reason is simple if they sell it cheap more people will buy it. Once many people have PS vr the demand for vr game on ps4 will increase n developer will pay money to Sony to sell games for PS vr, this is where Sony will make profit. Sony will nt get any profit from developersiif it sells it on PC.

      • Matthewsmeier says:

        Sony has already come out saying they are selling them at a profit. They would be complete morons to make a possible multi million unit product a fucking loss leader.

        • jaygarcia says:

          They are selling them at a profit in this case. Console developers such as Sony, usually do take a loss on console type hardware. In order to make up for that they sell accessories such as controllers at huge mark ups. Not to mention that they receive money from 3rd party games and make even more off the games they develop. This falls under the accessory category and as they've stated, they are selling them at a profit.  Your rude comment looks worse on yourself with your lack of knowledge.  Do a little research next time you feel the need to attack someone.

  • CloudThought says:

    if I owned a Ps4  I would have a use for it, unless it is useable with the PC they should think about that. They would definitely get more sells.

  • Skorpyn says:

    Lol Battlefront is PS VR or even PS exclusive. They did say they are remaking Battlefront for the VR but by no means is it exclusive. Sony has a way with words that people who don't actually listen/read what they say get confused.

  • neiljbp says:

    I know this will sound silly to you good folks who love gaming, but I heard about three to four years ago, that VR would include the ability to walk around art galleries and museums and take a genuine trip around the solar system or wider universe, in an authentic way and nothing to do with gaming or shoot em ups or being scared half to death.

    Which VR platform will cover these options or will they not really exist now after all. I have no real interest in gaming and never have, but maybe there will be something in it for me.

    I prefer simplicity and cables and bits and bobs everywhere and new computers and thousands of pounds will not do it for me.

    Any thoughts will be really appreciated.

    • SteveLillis says:

      You'll most likely only find those experiences on PC (HTC Vive/Oculus Rift).  At the very least, you'll likely see them on PC first as the console market is a smaller target for educational products.

    • jamesVR says:

      Try HTC vive or samsung's GEAR VR. Also Oculus rift. Those are dedicated VRS which can be gamed on, but aren't designed for it. They have things like what you're asking for. It requires some investment, but nothing new is cheap.

    • Randompanda says:

      there might be apps for musams for those phone based vr headsets but that won't occur until vr is regulerized into society but they already have things that are pretty amazing on them

    • Bearofkratos says:

      I have the Samsung vr , was free with my s7 and must say I enjoy it a lot. I also am a die hard gamer on PlayStation I enjoy not being tuned out of the world when gaming , my wife enjoys watching some of my role playing , strategy and horror games ..sometimes even takes controller  but, I will not purchase this. For 1  A good bit of these games mentioned are free on android App Store , this is solely for PlayStation so it's $400 that you hope doesn't fail and they stop making the games and your stuck with a very expensive paperweight . The Samsung VR works with your phone and yes even Apple phones I found out recently. You can explorer a lot of things in vr as you asked the solar system, museums , learning videos .etc. if you didn't get the vr for free look into it, only $99 new

      • Matthewsmeier says:

        They aren't even comparable. There are already enough solid titles to make this a good purchase and they are predicting # of units to be on the millions. You're way off but keep playing with your phone.

  • itxubi says:

    want gta5 to be compatible on PS VR

  • trentmeister says:

    when do we get to have virtual sex?

    • Poopscoop says:

      only if your sad and lonely ^

      • jeremiahfolly says:

        doesn't understand sarcasm ^

        • ViajeroP says:

          doesn't understand the meaning of the word sarcasm ^

  • Mitwit says:

    I'm an old dinosaur and am not into these type of games. Any chance a generic golf game like WII Resort happening?

    • JaxonH says:

      being a Nintendo franchise it won't, but, PS has Hot Shots Golf which, could, feasibly, make it to VR. I think VR pool is coming so...

  • DariusWelds619 says:

    I own the PSVR, i actually got it for free from #TacoBell, but anyways the PSVR is a good platform to start off of for Sony. Its cheaper then the other too dogs but also is meant for gaming. The only downside i have is there isnt a dedicated storefront for VR games and videos yet as from what i can see. I downloaded video apps and watched a couple its fun. Its debatable for top spot but i think the easy set-up and user friendly guide is a win in my book. Ive only experienced the Samsung VR with a phone, and now the PSVR. Either way, im about the fun of it. Its fun. 

  • Twat says:

    But what about origin games? Which of these vr headsets supports etc. upcoming Battlefield 1 if they are making that game to be playable on vr.

  • Kellykelly says:

    I am thinking of getting this for my 8 year old son for Christmas, just wondering if he will be able to play the PS4 games with it that he already has and also is would it be suitable for his age. Thanks.

    • j.stables says:

      No to existing games and I'm not sure it's recommended for 8 year-olds. Worth looking into on that front.

    • foodrage says:

      Sony said its not suitable for children Under 12 because Vr can make peoples sick.

    • Amyf1983 says:

      My 11, 10 & 4 yr olds play it. So he will be fine.. 

      • ViajeroP says:

        That's stellar parenting.  /s

  • n2h2o2 says:

    Crash Bandicoot VR in first person will make you want to throw up!

  • Daiwai says:

    I have the PS4VR set and it is fantastic.. Main problem is the thick cable that runs from the headset to the new controller box as it tends to get wrapped around your legs as you are walking about, but the experience is amazing, well worth the money. Graphics are ok and definition is good. Its as if you are sitting down the front at the Imax cinema!

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