After many years of anticipation, it looks as though VR technology has finally caught up with the imagination of millions of gamers all over the World. Today’s VR tech looks to be about to usher in a new era of immersive gaming and thanks to the likes of Oculus, which is about to start shipping its consumer Rift headset and the HTC Vive following not long after the future of Virtual reality gaming looks to be in safe hands, well at this early stage that is.
Oculus Rift & HTC Vive VR Games
If you have preorder-ed a VR headset or you are waiting to see what reviews the tech and software get before jumping in with your hard-earned cash. You may not have considered what games are going to be available on the new devices. Below we’ve taken the liberty of choosing from five of the most anticipated titles.
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Developed by insomniac Games, Edge of Nowhere is a third person action adventure game. In it you play as a man who is searching the Antarctic mountains for a missing expedition, which in some ways is familiar to the old Tomb Raider games from the PS3 days.
This game was demoed earlier this year at CES 2016 and is being highly anticipated as one of the early big VR titles to make a name for itself. The game itself promises to be a captivating one, due to its interactive environment, collapsing mountains and immersive graphics, audio and game play.
Back in the 1980s Elite was a popular game among both Atari ST and Amiga computer users (Pre console days) however fast forwarding to the 21st century this version of the game Elite Dangerous is somewhat similar in the fact that it is both a space combat and a simulator.
Based on star charts produced of the real Milky Way galaxy there is a huge amount of star systems to explore each containing their own unique features. Furthermore, players can explore any system at his / her own pace and take part in combat, piracy as well as more legitimate forms of trade.
This one is a little different from the others above, it’s different because it is not really a game. It’s more of an app, one that allows you to paint within a 3D environment with virtual reality.
Using the room that you are in as a canvas, you pick from a number of different dynamic brushes ink, stars, fire, snow and a few more. The 3D environment allows you to navigate around your artwork and share it with others if you see fit to do so.
- The Gallery: Call of the Starseed
Developed specifically for virtual reality, The Gallery is an episodic based game inspired by dark fantasy films of the 1980s. Within the game to take the role of a man who is searching for his missing twin sister and embark on a scary and mysterious adventure, which is filled with strange characters.
Predominately a first person based game it uses the HTC Vive’s position tracked controller technology to enable players to reach out and take hold of in game objects and solve puzzles.
- Budget Cuts
If you love robots you’re going to like this stealth action game. Budget Cuts has the player take on the role of a want to be spy, who is trying to infiltrate a robot-protected building. All in order to further your characters’ application at trans corp.
Within the game you are able to move around 360 degrees however, most of the movement happens when a special gun is used. The gun enables your character to teleport around the environment and also shoot through open vents, windows and doorways.
The five games above are, but a snapshot of the titles that we know will be available and of those that are rumoured to be in development. As far as the tech is concerned yes, there are some real differences between the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive especially considering how each device approaches VR gaming.
One of the most noticeable is with the likes of HTC and Valve who have both gone for all in room-scale gameplay. This according to HTC gives users a more convincing sense of their environment.
As for the Oculus Rift, sometime soon (fingers crossed) it too will support motion tracking controllers. When this will happen, we don’t know, but later this year is a good bet.