VR games (virtual reality) have been around for a long time, gaining some popularity in the 1990s only to then disappear. The concept of VR gaming has been around much longer than this though with ideas to trigger multiple senses at once spanning back as far as the 1960s.
VR games have become less of a gimmick, with rapid advancements in technology bringing us impressive hardware like VR-ready GPUs. What has been great about virtual reality recently is how accessible it is becoming with some VR headsets not even requiring a PC or console to power them. The new Oculus Quest allows gamers to play anywhere they choose as the hardware is in the headset its self. This may bring up some graphical limitations but over time this technology will only grow. The VR headsets that require a PC or console are constantly bringing out new and exciting titles with graphics and game mechanics improving each year.
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5 Best VR Games 2020
In our search for the best VR games out there we have compiled a list of what really gets our senses flowing. Some of these titles have been out for a couple of years now with some getting some large recent updates. Our VR game breakdown will include games for the Oculus Quest/ Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR.
If virtual reality is new to you and you are considering getting into fully immersive gaming then you are going to need a fairly high-end PC. Our $2000 build is perfect for VR gaming due to its latest-gen CPU and powerful graphics card. You may be considering VR for your console, in which case you are lucky as PlayStation have a really good setup for VR gaming and Xbox One consoles are compatible with the HTC Vive. It is worth noting you will need a PS4 to take advantage of PS VR but with the Oculus Quest as mentioned above, there is no PC or console required!
1. Beat Saber
Release date: 1st May 2018 | Type: Rhythm Game | Publisher: Beat Games
One of the most popular VR games for many of us, Beat Saber manages to carefully tread the line between novelty and replayability. Like DDR and Guitar Hero that came before it, this Rhythm Game manages to appeal to a wide variety of gamers. And, with ongoing music packs being released (like the recent Fall Out Boy DLC), the replayability factor is high.
Whether you want to play for fun or for a workout - Beat Saber is a great VR game choice.
Release date: 25th February 2016 | Type: FPS | Publisher: SuperHOT Team
Taking the classic FPS game and giving it an interesting twist, Superhot is one of our favorite VR games we’re seen for a while. With this game, whenever you stop moving, so does time. So, you have to control your movements to give you the edge on your opponents.
Each level has new challenges and more bright red figures to defeat, meaning you’re always having to think through your strategy.
3. Vader Immortal
Release date: May 21st, 2019 | Type: Adventure, Narrative | Publisher: Disney Electronic Content, Inc
With this film-like adventure game, you play as a smuggler operating near Mustafar. The firey world known as Mustafar is Darth Vaders home and this game gives you the chance to sneak about Vaders fortress while mastering the lightsaber. You find yourself uncovering a mystery and regularly interact with the sith lord himself. You'll navigate the fortress, gain skills, meet people along the way and all with the help of your little droid buddy, ZO-E3.
4. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
Release date: 17th November 2017 | Type: RPG | Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
While the game wasn’t originally made for VR, the VR version helps to bring a whole new dimension to this well-loved classic RPG. The vast scope of the open world that you can explore, paired with the terrifying moments some of the monsters bring you - Skyrim VR was an easy choice for this list.
So, equip your weapons, and head out on the adventure of a lifetime, this time in VR.
5. Blood & Truth
Release date: May 28th, 2019 | Type: Action/ Shooter | Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
In Blood & Truth, you play as Ryan Marks, an elite special forces soldier. In this action-packed shooter, you are chucked into a desperate mission to save your loved ones from a criminal overlord. You will be able to have intense shoot outs with a large variety of weapons combating countless enemy gangsters.
This game has all the explosions and drama you could ask for and was inspired by one of the more popular PlayStation VR games 'The London Heist'.
Best Upcoming VR Games 2020
2020 looks set to be a big year for VR gaming, and there are some exciting VR games slated for a 2020 release. Let's take a look at some of the top titles you can look forward to throughout 2020.
Release date: March 2020 | Type: Shooter | Publisher: Valve Corporation
The Half-Life series has long been a popular choice for gamers, and the latest addition looks set to be another hit. Half-Life: Alyx will release in March 2020 and will follow on from previous games.
Iron Man VR
Release date: February 28th, 2020 | Type: Action | Publisher: Camoflauj
Time to suit up Avenger! Get your chance to don the legendary suit of Iron Man in this upcoming VR title on the PSVR. I know we can't wait to see what JARVIS can do for ourselves.
Release date: Q1 2020 | Type: Exploration | Publisher: Pixel Reef
Announced during Sony's State of Play late last year, Paper Beast looks like an interestingly unique game that allows the player to explore strange lands and encounter weird and wonderful creatures along the way.
What do you think the best VR games of 2020 are going to be? Let us know in the comments below!