Whether you ran out and bought an Oculus Rift as soon as it was available, have already been using a phone-based VR headset, or still haven’t dipped your toes in the warm, sparkling waters of virtual reality technology, VR tech is already beginning to turn the entire gaming industry upside down. With new additions to VR, like the Virtuix Omni treadmill coming out later this year, VR gaming consoles are sure to replace any platform you’re currently using within a year or two. The following are some of the best games that are currently on the market with VR gameplay in mind.
Elite: Dangerous is a space faring game that allows the player to fly their spacecraft through the cosmos in search of adventure and gold. This is an MMORPG that sets your character in the 34th Century where you can loot, craft, and trade your way to riches or join a multi-crew co-op on your way to glory. This game was built from the ground up to support virtual reality and 4K UltraHD graphics with positional head tracking, arm tracking, and even the ability to stand up out of your seat to walk around your spacecraft.
Spirited Away: The Boiler Room
This one isn’t so much a game as it is a virtual reality demonstration. By recreating the Boiler Room from the animated film “Spirited Away”, VR developer Nick Pittom has provided gamers with an opportunity to step inside one of their favorite 2D scenes that has been converted into an entire 3D environment, complete with soot sprites running back and forth with their tiny clumps of coal to keep the fire blazing. While this demo may not be as interactive as some of the other games on this list, it does give players a wonderful opportunity to bring a classic fictional environment to life.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Yes, you read that correctly. Though Skyrim is not *officially* supported, a third-party software called VorpX allows players to convert their regular 2D games into stereoscopic VR experiences equipped with 360 degrees of sight and head tracking. While Skyrim VR can be a bit wobbly and downright stomach-quenching at times, it’s a mesmerizing experience to wander the nine holds of Skyrim as if you were really there. If you get the chance to find yourself at the base of the Throat of the World, Skyrim’s largest mountain, be sure to take a long look at its snowy peaks and just try to remember that you’re really sitting on your bed and not about to spar to the death with a mountain troll.