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 – and there's still an amazing list of games to choose from.
Sony's headset, which plays nice with all PS4 consoles, is arguably the easiest of the proper VR headsets to set up – and with 130 new games slated to land in 2018, there's plenty to play on it as well.
Wareable verdict: Sony PlayStation VR review
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 make sure you don't pick up a VR dud from the PlayStation Store.
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 below.
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.
If you want a 'quick go' of something and you're into football/soccer, you'll probably soon get addicted to Headmaster – 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.
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.
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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. Addingsupport 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.
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 PSVR 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.
Rec Room is all about having fun in VR with other friends. Crucially, those friends don't have to be wearing a PSVR headset as well to join in on the fun. That's because this social game works with the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, plus will soon be compatible with Windows Mixed Reality headsets for proper 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.
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 – which yes, requires submerging your head beneath the virtual ocean.
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.
VR is well suited to horror games, and with Stifled it's more than a good match. Instead of relying on sight, this PSVR title uses audio from your microphone to reveal the environment around you. It's a minimal-looking game, but don't let that put you off. It expertly executes that sense of fear and it represents a unique take on what can be achieved with VR horror.
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.
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.
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.
Batman Arkham VR
Be the Batman in VR – what more sell do you need than that? The Arkham game from Rocksteady Studios remains one of our favourite PSVR 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).
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 – 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.
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 Star 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 USS Aegis through the wonders and dangers of space.
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.
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 PSVR friends in short, fun sessions, swap ships and try out capture the flag modes. Plus, dying in this game is strangely magical.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
New PlayStation VR games incoming
Sony has already revealed a host of new PSVR games that will be dropping in 2018. Here's our pick of the ones that have caught our eye.
Blood & Truth – 2018
Brought to you by the folks behind The Getaway and London Heist PSVR launch experiences, this is one rail-shooter-slash-gangster tale we are looking forward to playing in 2018. 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.
The Inpatient – January 2018
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 playing it in 2017, but it's now confirmed to launch in early 2018.
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 PSVR's lineup of games, and at Paris Games Week developer Polyarc confirmed it will be out in February.
Golem – March 2018
This is a PlayStation exclusive from Highwire Games and it look pretty, pretty interesting. 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.
Sprint Vector – 2018
After falling in love with Sprint Vector on HTC Vive, we're thrilled it's also coming to PSVR. 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. The developers tell us we can expect a lot more to be announced soon, including some notable character voice actors.
Ace Combat 7 – 2018
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 – no doubt – familiar dogfighting action.
Megalith – 2018
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. This launch video is enough to make us want to know much more about what else Megalith has to offer.
Dead Secret – 2018
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.
P.O.L.L.E.N. – 2018
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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