It feels like VR games have been in the pipeline forever, with the promise of more immersive gaming always just around the corner. The last few decades have seen some ambitious attempts, with enormous headsets, treadmills, and VR gloves — all designed to increase our sense of immersion in digital worlds.
Movies in the 90s were nearly obsessed with the immersive potential of technology, with titles like The Lawnmower Man, Strange Days, Existenz, and The Matrix presenting protagonists sucked into virtual worlds, for better or worse. Then there’s the proliferation of cyberpunk throughout the 80s.
Nothing really translated to the real world until just a few years ago when something finally clicked. (Facebook buying VR giant Oculus in 2014 surely didn’t hurt, though the writing was already on the wall by then).
Now virtual reality is popping up nearly everywhere, including in the delivery of news and in the art world. Canada’s National Film Board has put out some fascinating VR documentaries, like Bear 71, which follows a tagged grizzly bear in Banff National Park.
Still, it’s hard to think of VR without thinking of the potential for gaming. And the industry has certainly noticed VR’s potential, working quickly to put out some impressive titles. VR is certainly still in its infancy, with many competing platforms (at wildly varying levels of quality). No doubt, there are more major developments to come, but for now, we at DGiT want to point you to the best VR games to check out today.
We’ve aimed to offer a wide selection, so that there’s something for everyone, whether you’re using the Oculus Rift or Playstation VR, or a smartphone platform like Google Daydream or Samsung Gear.
So let’s dive in and have a look at the best VR games on the market.
Those are our picks of the best VR games you can get your hands on.
We cast a wide net, making sure to catch all the top titles for each platform, so there are plenty more out there worth your time.
What are your favorite VR games? What do you look for in a VR experience? Let us know in the comments!