Sony has confirmed at E3 2016 in LA that it is releasing the PlayStation VR for the PS4 on 13 October 2016 and over 50 launch games alongside it built specifically for the virtual reality world.
The virtual realm of PlayStation VR is going to be home to all types of games. From driving games like DriveClub to VR specific thrillers like Golem, every title will be honed to make the virtual reality experience a part of the game.
Sony has begun unveiling what we can expect with a selection of trailers for these games. While viewing them on a 2D screen probably doesn't do them justice they're exciting enough to take a look at anyway.
Described by Sony as an unnerving VR space adventure set on a hostile alien planet. Farpoint sees you on a mission to pick up scientists studying an anomaly near Jupiter, before a rupture from the anomaly transports you and the other scientists on your ship to an unknown alien world. The trailer doesn't give too much away, but expect huge landscapes, lots of aliens, and plenty of things to look at as you blast your way out of trouble and presumably back home.
Batman: Arkham VR
How do you feel when you put on that mask. yep the caped avenger is going VR with Batman: Arkham VR that, says Rocksteady games will immerse you in the Dark Knight's Universe and redefines what it means to Be the Batman.
Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing VR
Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing VR Mission, coming exclusively to PlayStation VR is an all-new mission that will be free for all owners of Star Wars Battlefront on the PS4.
In the mission, players will get to live out one of the most dreamt about Star Wars fantasies – piloting an X-wing in the far reaches of space.
Star Trek Bridge Crew
Always wanted to man the bridge of the SS Enterprise? Well, say hello to Star Trek in VR. Bridge Crew is Ubisoft’s multiplayer virtual reality take on a real-time and social Star Trek experience.
Players have to work together to succeed in the given mission, with up to four VR-donning players taking on differing roles. From engineer to captain and beyond. Warp speed ahead!
RIGS Mechanized Combat League
Designed purely as a VR experience this battle-racer puts you inside a mech suit while you go to war with other similarly armed robo-fighters. The beauty here isn't just total immersion, where you can see your suit around you, but the speed at which you'll be able to lock on while moving thanks to head movement controlled aiming. This should make first person shooter gaming faster and more intense than ever.
Robinson: The Journey
Built on the Crytek engine this VR experience looks stunning. The trailer shows you appear to be stranded in the Jurassic age with dinosaurs that you have to dodge to survive, while following your flying robot butler, complete with Enligsh accent of course.
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
This aptly named horror title should get your heart racing. The trailer doesn't give much away but we imagine poking about in the dark with evil lurking will be on a whole new level when strapped into the PS VR. The makers say decisions affect the story but we doubt you'll be thinking calmly enough to do much picking, more panicking we expect.
If Tron were converted, graphically at least, into a battle game it would likely look very much like this. The fact that it's a virtual reality experience is just the sweetener. Use the PS4 controller for attacking and ship movements while you can get a full view by simply moving your head, this is what VR is meant to be all about.
PlayStation VR Worlds
This is your typical new hardware megamix of mini games to help you feel like you're getting playable content with the kit. There's Downhill Luge, Dangerball that's like squash using your head as a racquet, Into The Deep where you go virtual diving in a cage, The London Heist where you live like a gangster, and Scavengers Odyssey for spaceflight alien destruction.
This trailer is almost a trailer for the virtual reality experience as a whole. It shows off the main female character who is in virtual control of a stone golem. This is one of many Golems she has access to, allowing her to traverse jaw-dropping landscapes moving heavy pillars as if they weighed nothing. That's what you get to do as a VR user. Little else is revealed about the game's content or story at this early stage.
This classic shooter has been reimagined for a virtual reality world. The results looks like a more immersive experience where targets expand beyond the usual field of view which should make for a heart-pounding experience.
Ace Combat 7
If there were ever a game that was perfect for virtual reality, it's Ace Combat 7. Imagine darting about in the clouds while actually sighting enemy fighter planes just as a real pilot would, by looking around your cockpit. This one could end up being a real neck workout.
This game was developed by a division at Ubisoft Montreal to work on all VR experiences available. The game lets you take to the skies of Paris flying as an eagle. The result should be an immersive experience with some amazing views. The game is set 50 years after humans have left the city and nature is taking back the land. The game is single player or multiplayer with up to six others in flight. It's unclear what the goals are in the game other than enjoying the views.
This might sound like the most dull game ever. While there's coffee and doughnuts in this virtual office you can't eat or drink them. But the trailer makes it look more fun than it sounds. Firing off staples can activate buttons and move objects. Finished your coffee? Launch the mug at the rest of the office. It could be a fun way to feel liberated in an otherwise boring office environment. How this will become a full game experience is unclear.
The Modern Zombie Taxi Co.
The apocalypse has come about at the hands and teeth of the zombie hoards. But that doesn't mean cab drivers will be out of a job, the walk-pace-only undead need to get about in a hurry sometimes. You control the taxi in a virtual world where running over the undead is a guilt-free experience. Launch bodies into football goals, fire guns off the car bonnet and supercharge the motor for racing - this looks like a fun, freeing VR experience.