Five upcoming games that make PlayStation VR the must-have headset
With the launch of the PlayStation VR late last year, Sony proved that virtual reality gaming could exist, dare we say flourish, on consoles. The PlayStation 4–compatible headset offered a simple, accessible way to dive into the burgeoning VR scene, and early signs are that it’s proven a rousing success. In fact, Sony has just announcing that the PlayStation VR is nearing 1 million units sold, far ahead of its competitors and above the company’s own expectations.
Still, the bigger question is whether the PlayStation VR will prove to have the staying power to be a platform instead of merely being the latest in a long line of gaming fads. So far, 2017 has only seen a handful of noteworthy releases for the headset, the biggest of which are Resident Evil 7, a masterful, VR-compatible survival-horror experience from Capcom, and Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, a follow-up to the cult classic. While this year’s E3 show in June will surely bring a host of PlayStation VR announcements, the slate is admittedly a bit quiet at the moment — unless you know what to look for.
Yes, there are plenty of already revealed PSVR titles on the way worth your attention. Whether you’ve already picked up a PlayStation VR or are simply wondering whether it’s time to jump into the world of virtual reality gaming, here are the biggest titles already confirmed for release on Sony’s headset this year.
One of the most mysterious games announced for the PlayStation VR so far, Farpoint brings a full sci-fi shooter experience to Sony’s headset. Details are still scarce, but what developer Impulse Gear has shown so far features beautiful, otherworldly landscapes and no shortage of terrifying alien monsters. There’s something else notable about Farpoint, too. It’ll be the first game to support the PSVR Aim controller, a new peripheral designed to make it feel like you’re actually holding the virtual weapons in your actual hands, aiming with both hands and pulling a real trigger to shoot at attacking aliens.
Ace Combat 7
While developers are still figuring out the best types of games for VR, a few genre, like flight simulators, have already proven to be a natural fit for the technology. That’s what makes the PlayStation VR support coming with Ace Combat 7, the latest in Bandai Namco’s jet combat series, so exciting. Unlike Resident Evil 7, however, the entire game won’t be playable from start to finish in VR. Instead, special missions are being built from the ground up to take advantage of the headset. That’s hardly a reason to be disappointed, however, given that Star Wars Battlefront took a similar approach with its Rogue One: X-wing VR Mission, easily one of the best PSVR experience available today. With any luck, Ace Combat 7’s content will offer a much longer version of the same kind of focused content.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
What Star Trek fan hasn’t fantasized about standing on the bridge of a Federation starship, calling the shots during a battle with hostile aliens? Thanks to Ubisoft and the magic of virtual reality, that dream will finally come true in Star Trek: Bridge Crew. Set in the world of the new film series, the game puts up to four players in the role of captain, tactical officer, engineer and helm officer on a new ship, the U.S.S. Aegis as it explores a new region of space called “the Trench.” With a full story campaign and randomly generated missions to tackle, Bridge Crew looks to be one of the most fleshed-out and imaginative uses of virtual reality to date, and you’ll be able to play it on PlayStation VR.
If you haven’t heard of ARK: Survival Evolved, the survival-focused indie game set in a world where humans and dinosaurs coexist, you’re missing out on one of gaming’s biggest breakout hits. Fans have flocked by the millions to the game’s work-in-progress version on PC and consoles alike, and a full release is coming later this year. More exciting for PlayStation VR owners, however, is the upcoming spinoff, ARK Park, which puts its virtual dinos in a theme-park setting reminiscent of the Jurassic Park movies. Players can wander this open world freely, interacting with hundreds of dinosaurs. You can even bring your friends on the tour of the park, thanks to multiplayer support.
Gran Turismo Sport
After some heartbreaking delays, PlayStation’s premier racing franchise will finally return on PlayStation 4 this fall. Racing aficionados have long flocked to the series for its near-photorealistic graphics and true-to-life driving physics, both of which will take a major step forward on the new, more powerful hardware. With the addition of virtual reality, however, that realism will reach new heights. Developer Polyphony digital hasn’t yet revealed the full extent of how the game will support PlayStation VR, but it has confirmed that you’ll be able to drive races from the cockpit view, as well as explore the interiors of the game’s high-end cars to your heart’s content.