PS4 owners have got it made when it comes to VR. They don't have to spend hundreds on a HTC Vive or an Oculus Rift along with a high specced PC to power it β and there's still an amazing list of games to choose from.
Sony's headset, which plays nice with all PS4 consoles, isn't the most technically impressive headset of the premium tier, but it's arguably the easiest to get going with β and with 130 new VR games landing in 2018, there's plenty to play on it as well.
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We've stacked up a fair few hours in PS VR land, playing the top-rated games that are out now and available to buy, to help make sure you don't pick up a VR dud from the PlayStation Store.
In the list below, we've put our top picks of the moment on 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.
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Best PS4 VR games for adventure fans
Top pick: Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
Astro Bot: Rescue Mission flips the traditional platformer on its head with this charming adventure featuring a diminutive robot named Astro. Based on a mini-game called "Robot Rescue" in Sony's Playroom VR software, this quirky game finds players controlling bots to rescue the other little guys, who have been kidnapped and transplanted into a far away world. Immersive and expansive levels make it feel like you're really an enormous giant helping these little fellas out, and best of all, it's great for the whole family. Whether you're facing off against an enormous mecha-gorilla or going out on a limb to save a bot, you'll always be up to something fun in this VR-centric adventure.
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Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner β Mars
The long-running cult series Zone of the Enders is back with a re-make of the original game's sequel, complete with PlayStation VR support. Jump into the cockpit of a Jehuty warfare (a giant robot) and take on a series of powerful mechs navigating the skies of Mars. The classic, fast-paced 3D action game has never looked this good, and it's playable from start to finish in VR. Full 4K resolution ups the immersion factor, and the dizzying mech combat is unlike the majority of the VR-focused shooters out there at the moment. Whether you're a fan of the original or want to jump in as a newbie, you'll find plenty to enjoy here.
Borderlands 2 VR
The fan-favorite looter shooter returns with all-new VR controls for a high-octane trip back to Pandora. Choose one of four playable classes including Commando, Gunzerker, Assassin, and Siren to take on legions of enemies, then loot them for "bazillions" of procedurally-generated guns. The VR version introduces a special Slow-Mo ability to help you slow down and prepare for your next attack, as well as a way to Teleport. So you can make your way across Pandora with ease. It's the smash hit everyone absolutely loved when it first debuted. This one's perfect for squadding up with friends and taking on new professions as Vault Hunters.
You're a mouse with a sword exploring an enchanted wood β sold yet? This is another third-person, charm-filled VR platformer game in the style of Lucky's Tale. Not only does Moss further diversify the PS VR lineup of games, but it really ups the stakes in virtual reality storytelling with some expert world-building from developer Polyarc.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
It's one of the pricier PSVR games on our list, but if you're a fan of the open world RPG great, then you're probably going to have some time for
Skyrim VR. Adding support for Sony's VR headset adds a new dimension to roaming the lands where you're pretty much free to do whatever you want. It works with both PlayStation Move controllers and the DualShock 4 as well, giving you options on how you can best pick up and ditch the items that you find on your travels.
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.
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.
This PS VR 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.
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.
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 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.
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 others, it's still just as much fun. A hot mess, in the best way possible.
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.
Best for horror fanatics
Top pick: Transference
This psychological thriller has pretty important names behind it: Ubisoft Montreal and Elijah Wood's SpectreVision. That's probably why its thematic elements go a long way to make it feel as though you're exploring the inside of a fractured family's psyche. Set inside the corrupted simulation made by a troubled scientist, you're tasked with sifting through the "brain data" of scientist Raymond, his wife, and their family to piece together what went wrong. You're forced to sift through the remnants of a broken home, all the while watching as a reasonably intelligent man slips slowly into madness. All the while, a static monster roams the halls looking for its next victim β will you fall to it or figure out how to escape the world of a broken mind?
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Winner of our VR/AR Experience of the Year award at the
2017 Wareable Tech Awards, 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. Bring a spare set of pants.
A prequel to Supermassive Games's horror title
Until Dawn, this places you inside a mental institute 60 years prior. It's scary β one of the scariest games you can pick up on PS VR right now β but short enough to not outstay its welcome. Convincing storytelling and interesting use of voice interaction make for a creepy, immersive piece of VR.
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.
Best for sports & racing junkies
Top pick: Headmaster
If you want a 'quick go' of something and you're into football, you'll probably soon get addicted to Headmaster β as three quarters of the UK Wareable team already have. 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 games 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. Most repeat plays at Wareable HQ so far.
After falling for Sprint Vector on HTC Vive, we're thrilled it's now available on PSVR too. The game employs some interesting locomotion techniques, asking you get from point A to point B by swinging your arms in a skiing-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.
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 β 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.
Tiny Trax is proof that VR games don't have to take a first-person view to feel immersive. Think Micro Machines but the track is winding around you, as you watch the cars race past your face, over your head, and even underwater β which yes, requires submerging your head beneath the virtual ocean.
Best for puzzle solvers
Top pick: DΓ©racinΓ©
From Software's spin on an immersive fantasy tale takes players to an isolated boarding school where there's a mystery afoot. Take on the role of a "faerie" who others can't see or hear as you interact with humans in the school and manipulate time. It's a far cry from the Dark Souls series the developer is known for, lending a rustic, classical effect to a game that's all about solving puzzles and unraveling a lighthearted mystery that involves ghosts, magic, and important artifacts. There are some decidedly dark elements as well, which Dark Souls veterans will be thrilled to discover.
Tetris Effect takes everything players think they know about the classic puzzler and turns it on its head for a beautiful, transcendent experience. With a selection of new modes, trippy visuals, and thumping beats to match it all, Enhance Games and Rez Infinite creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi offer dozens of different ways to enjoy one of the world's most popular games. Intense visuals, colorful backdrops, and challenging milestones ensure there's plenty to do at all times, and VR only makes it more entrancing. The newly-added "Zone" effect lets you clear lines like no one's business, and Theater mode lets you view the accompanying visuals outside of game modes. Whether you love to play Tetris to unwind or rack up high scores to conquer your friends' achievements, Tetris Effect in VR is truly something to behold.
An immersive, intelligent puzzle game from Tarsier Studios, Statik is short and sweet, but makes expert use of VR. If you're a fan of games like Portal then this is right up your street. If you're not, we'd recommend trying it anyway. Again, not a lengthy game, but one that gives you plenty to think about.
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 β or more pertinently, how many different ways can you die?
Batman Arkham VR
Be the Batman in VR β what more sell do you need than that? The
Arkham game from Rocksteady Studios remains 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 Batarangs.
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).
Best enjoyed with friends
Top pick: Beat Saber
The Vive and Rift darling is finally available on PSVR, and it brings a rousing selection of tracks pulled straight from the PC original. Beat Saber lets you slash beats in time to the rhythm with this VR music hit, which requires lightning-fast reflexes and incredibly musical timing. The PSVR version boasts extra tracks, regular DLC drops with new tunes, and multiplayer is on the way to make it even more fun with friends. Take turns slaying songs for now, and then duke it out in heated multiplayer battles later on β Guitar Hero is so three console generations ago.
Rec Room is all about having fun in VR with other friends. Crucially, those friends don't have to be wearing a PS VR headset as well to join in on the fun. That's because this social game works with the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality for cross-play action. In this VR space, you can play pinball, 3D charades and something called disc golf as well. It's out now and it won't cost you anything to play it.
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.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
How excited you are about Ubisoft and Red Storm's
Star Trek VR game depends on just 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 Star Trek isn't your thing, 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 USS Aegis through the wonders and dangers of space.
EVE: Valkyrie β 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.
Best for a quick bit of escapism
Top pick: Job Simulator
As long as you know what you're getting here β a bright, simple, beginner friendly set of simulator games β 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. It's also freakin' hilarious.
The PS4 remake of Sega's psychedelic rail-shooter
Rez β a PlayStation 2 cult classic β 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.
Ubisoft's experimental VR demo is now an official PlayStation VR title.
Eagle Flight is 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 β collecting items, perfecting your tilting technique, gliding over rivers or swooping underground β 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.
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.
New PlayStation VR games incoming
Blood & Truth β TBC
Brought to you by the folks behind
The Getaway and London Heist PS VR launch experiences, this is one rail-shooter-slash-gangster tale we are looking forward to playing. The meat and bones of this game is the shooting and like Heist, that looks set to be just as satisfying and enjoyable an experience in VR.
Golem β TBC
This is a PlayStation exclusive from Highwire Games and it's certainly piqued our interest. You play as a young 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. It will be interesting to see where they take this mechanic. The game was scheduled for release in March 2018, but has been delayed for final polishing with a new date yet to be confirmed.
Ace Combat 7 β January 2019
Namco Bandai's arcade flight Ace Combat series comes to the PS4 and VR with photorealistic graphics, authentic and futuristic aircrafts to choose from and β no doubt β familiar dogfighting action. It's finally been given a release date and you'll have to wait until January 2019 to play it.
Megalith β January 2019
The first person shooter is set in a world where mechanical monsters called titans battle head-to-head. Expect free locomotion movement, strategy and destructible environments. It's just gone into beta and should be with PSVR owners in the not too distant future.