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50+ FREE VR Games (2021)

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As everyone enjoyed our 2020 list of free virtual reality (VR) videogames it seemed like a good time to update the selection. There are more amazing titles to choose from, whether you enjoy a bit of adventure, teaming up with friends or taxing your brain with the latest puzzles. All without spending a penny.

Mission: ISS

Action Games

A rhythm action game where you’re in the audience as anime character Kizuna performs. Hit the notes with your penlight as they fly out from the stage.

Experience life on the International Space Station (ISS). With informative videos and images from real life astronauts, learn how to dock a space capsule and go on a space walk as you get to grips with zero gravity.

Dragons are always the exciting fantasy creature everyone wants to have as a pet. In Dragon VR you have to carefully nurture a dragon egg, keeping it warm by building a fire and protecting it from a T-Rex and other creatures!

Look after all manner of creatures in this chaotic daycare centre. From feeding and bathing the animals to rather more unusual tasks like rituals and witchcraft, each creature has their own challenge to face.

A driving game where you can play your own music which then affects the environment.

A 30-minute test of fear, battling waves of monsters inside a subway station. Originally single-player, a co-op mode tasks you and a mate to try and survive this hellish apocalypse.

Part shoot ’em up and part action-puzzler, climb walls, dodge traps, fight enemies and maybe solve some puzzles along the way. Or dive into the Level Editor to create your own deadly levels.

Multiplayer Games

A competitive zero-g multiplayer where you can team up with friends in Echo Arena matches, flinging disc’s around expansive environments to score as many goals as possible.

A light, casual experience which features five unique multiplayer spaces designed to help players connect. Swim through a deep blue ocean or take to the skies to gently glide through the clouds.

A local multiplayer party experience similar to Charades involving four players where the VR player becomes the puppeteer, acting out various themes and phrases using an assortment of items. Everyone else joins in via a free mobile companion app.

It might be an Early Access game but Gorilla Tag has gained a loyal following thanks to fast and frantic gameplay. The name says it all, run, jump and climb as you play tag as a gorilla, either running away from infected gorillas or being the one doing the chasing.

An asymmetrical co-op videogame where one player is in VR whilst the other plays via PC. The goal is to sort as much rubbish as possible in a tropical recycling plant.

Currently an App Lab title for Oculus Quest, MissionX is a multiplayer shooter featuring Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Competitive and Single gameplay modes.

A VR party experience where 4 players on PC are monsters who have to kill a security guard. As the security guard the VR player has to blow the ship and save the day.

Puppet Fever inside

Strategy Games

Step into the bar, grab and drink and prepare for this blend VR and tabletop gaming. With over 60 cards across 2 factions, you can customise your deck to battle friends online (with cross-platform support) or against AI solo.

Unleash a whirlwind of destruction in this arena shooter which supports both solo and up to 4 player matches.

A Hex-Grid style turn-based strategy videogame with procedurally generated battlegrounds. Features 3 gameplay modes (Free For All, Team Elimination, or Capture The Flag) with online multiplayer via direct connection and offline vs AI.

A tactical, turn-based VR title featuring clans of hyper-intelligent moles battling for domination. Command a squad of four moles (Infantry, Engineer, Sniper and Tank) utilsing there various specialties to become victorious!

In a flooded world, Sam and Dan need to survive, the only problem is they’re in separate apartments opposite each other. A co-op VR title where communication and teamwork is key, work together and build a bridge towards a boat. Or in the versus mode don’t collaborate! Get to the boat first and laugh in their face!

Build a mighty tower into the clouds by exploring the island and recruiting citizens. Place them to collect wood and stone for the project and remember, the skies the limit!

A tabletop card game featuring fantastical creatures and magical spells supporting solo and multiplayer gameplay modes.

Adventure Games

Taking you to the small town of Wormwood 30 years after a catastrophic nuclear power plant accident, the gameplay mixes survival and horror elements. Use your Geiger counter to carefully navigate the dwellings and find the radioactive sources, switching to a robot to remove and deposit them at the Radiation Disposal Unit.

“A goofy tongue-in-cheek interactive heist adventure, in VR! When the job goes south and Henchman 697, a rookie employee for E.V.I.L (Evil Villains Incorporated Limited), unwittingly kills his superior, it’s up to him to finish the job before it’s too late!”

Help the Doc with his new experiment that definitely doesn’t involve meeting scary werewolves and other creatures. The first in an episodic VR series.

Become Indiana Jones (well almost) and explore a trap filled temple which makes full use of room-scale VR.

A collection of room-scale games featuring magical worlds, puzzles, traps, enemies and much more.

A fully room-scale based VR horror game using non-euclidean geometry, explore a seemingly abandoned underground medical facility armed with nothing but a flashlight and your sanity.

You better not be afraid of the dark, or the voxel monster in this rogue-lite dungeon crawler. Explore procedurally generated dungeons ensuring no two are ever the same. All filled with traps, secrets, semi-bosses and tons of useful loot.

Jump, swing, climb, and zipline your way through the Silky City as a silkworm, what else did you expect?

Eye of the Temple

Sport Games

Know the difference between Texas Hold’em and 5-Card Draw? Then you might want to take a look at Poker VR where you can join multi-table tournaments and feel like you’re in a real casino without stepping outside the front door.

Sit back, relax and play Resolution Games highly popular fishing game. Cast a line out into one of four fishing lakes, buy new rods and lures whilst trying to catch every variety of fish.

The ultimate football (soccer) simulator where you can practice booting that ball into the back of the net. You’ll need at least one Vive Tracker to track your foot and then you can train like a pro.

Features six single-player and multiplayer modes to test those ball skills, where matches can be customized by players or played as the random ones provided. Points are awarded for consistency, trick shots, and game mode bonuses.

Gym Masters is a story-driven fitness experience where you step into a world full of fitness fanatics. This journey will see three gym masters put you to the test in a series of energetic mini-games, each focused on a body part – upper body, lower body or core.

Featuring short, medium and long trails that are around 4 minutes, 7 minutes and 14 minutes long, burn calories and enjoy some aerobic exercise in VR.

Relaxing Games

Enjoy a chilled out journey to Kenya, Borneo and Raja Ampat learning about the fascinating wildlife that lives in these regions.

Take care of your own virtual pet, a little critter called Bogo.

A social sandbox where you can create and share your own content as well as exploring others. Works in and out or VR.

Sit by the fire and roast some marshmallows or play on the guitar. But in this partly scripted, partly sandbox experience your anxiety begins to grow and strange sounds emanate from the woods. Identify them and calm down to get a good nights sleep.

Yupitergrad

Puzzle Games

Become a sorceresses’ apprentice and learn how to create spells and potions with your hands, designed to showcase the potential of hand tracking on Oculus Quest.

A special free edition of this puzzle swinging experience where you have two grappling suction cups attached to each hand. Use these to traverse a space station as quickly as possible!

A strange horrifying place filled with puzzles, darkness and a creepy creature.

A chilled puzzle title where you have to guide a ball to the goal by drawing useful objects. Plus there’s a full creative mode if you just want to doodle.

Match coloured marbles to pop them and complete puzzles quickly to score big points. Unlock special marbles and abilities to make that process easier. A free version of Puzzle Bobble basically.

Misc Games

A creation sandbox and world-building tool where you can prototype and build interactive VR experiences. Google Poly and Sketchfab are integrated so you can browse thousands of 3D models to drop into a scene.

Explore a world built around a theatrical production where there are free mysteries to solve and DLC if you want to explore further.

A rhythm-action videogame which puts you inside a Bollywood blockbuster. Battle waves of goons to protect a village whilst keeping an eye out for a few Bollywood easter eggs along the way.

A short, quirky VR experience all about hand interaction and the immersive qualities of VR.

Get painting in this derivative made from the open source code of Tilt Brush.

Step into the first level of the original Sonic The Hedgehog for Megadrive, where you can physically walk, jog, run and jump!

Nanoscape VR takes you on a microscopic journeywhere you can explore the surface and interior of a cancer cell.

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Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2021/06/50-free-vr-games-2021/

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Warplanes: WW1 Fighters to See Official Oculus Quest Store Launch This Week

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Back in March, Home Net Games launched the popular Warplanes: WW1 Fighters for PC VR headsets as well as Oculus Quest via App Lab – making it one of the earliest. The studio has now announced that Warplanes: WW1 Fighters will be officially released on the Oculus Store at the end of July.

Warplanes: WW1 VR

Whilst App Lab has been a great way for indie developers to get their projects onto Oculus Quest finding them is another matter, with services like SideQuest or App Lab DB simplifying discovery. The end goal for all developers is to get their videogame onto the proper Oculus Store and that’s exactly what Home Net Games is going to achieve this month.

Through App Lab Warplanes: WW1 Fighters has received lots of positive feedback for its World War 1 aerial combat, where you can jump into the cockpit of authentic planes from the era. With single-player and multiplayer modes where you can complete campaign missions or go head-to-head with other pilots, multiplayer battles include Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Last Man Standing or team up with friends on co-op missions. Warplanes: WW1 Fighters features 18 planes; from light scout planes to heavy bombers. Progression will allow you to build your own squadron, upgrading and customizing your planes.

These can realistic or simple to control thanks to Warplanes: WW1 Fighters‘ customizable flight models. Set them for a more arcade-like experience or go full simulation with real-life aerodynamics. Gameplay options allow further in-depth tweaking such as enabling manual takeoffs and landing, aggressive AI, disabling HUD and realistic damage which affects flight.

Warplanes: WW1 VR

Warplanes: WW1 Fighters supports Oculus Quest 2’s 90Hz mode for improved performance, great for those dogfighting exchanges. The studio also confirms that: “If you purchased the game on App Lab, the game will be upgraded to the Oculus Store version with no extra cost. All saves and settings will be compatible with the new version. Of course, you’ll be getting all future updates as well.”

Home Net Games will be officially launching Warplanes: WW1 Fighters for Oculus Quest on 29th July 2021. For further updates on the latest App Lab titles, keep reading VRFocus.

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Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2021/07/warplanes-ww1-fighters-to-see-official-oculus-quest-store-launch-this-week/

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Facebook is Unlocking AR Capabilities for Developers on Quest 2

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Facebook announced today that an upcoming update to the Quest development SDK will include experimental support for a Passthrough API which will allow Unity developers to build AR experiences and features into apps on Quest 2.

Although Quest wasn’t launched as an AR headset initially, its impressive passthrough camera capability showed that it could handle AR functions surprisingly well. In fact, if you use the passthrough view as your default background, the Quest boundary and main menu floats against the backdrop of your playspace—effectively making it an AR experience that’s been available on the headset for some time.

Until now Facebook kept the tools for building AR apps on the headset to itself, but today it announced it’s unlocking the same capabilities for third-party developers too.

Initially rolling out as an “experimental” feature, the so called ‘Passthrough API’ will become available in the v31 update to the Quest development SDK. The Passthrough API is only available on Quest 2 for now; it isn’t clear if Facebook plans to extent it to the original Quest.

Facebook expects the new capabilities will enable a brand new class of applications on Quest 2 that take advantage of AR in interesting ways. Here’s some examples and explanations of the features developers can use:

Composition: You can composite Passthrough layers with other VR layers via existing blending techniques like hole punching and alpha blending.

Styling: You’ll be able to apply styles and tint to layers from a predefined list, including applying a color overlay to the feed, rendering edges, customizing opacity, and posterizing.

Custom Geometry: You can render Passthrough images to a custom mesh instead of relying on the default style mesh—for example, to project Passthrough on a planar surface.

Although transparent AR headsets—like HoloLens and Magic Leap—give a much clearer (and color) view of the real-world, passthrough AR headsets like Varjo XR-3 (and now Quest 2), tend to offer a much more immersive field-of-view and more convincing virtual imagery thanks to complete opacity control and the potential for perfect latency between  real world imagery and virtual imagery. Though Quest 2’s AR view is still fairly low resolution and black & white, it’s expected that future headsets from Facebook will focus on improving the passthrough AR view.

While developers will be able to start experimenting with AR on Quest 2 with the v31 SDK via Unity, support for other engines—and the ability to actually publish AR apps to users—is expected later this year.

With a device like Quest 2 loaded full of cameras, it’s definitely worth thinking about privacy, especially now that third-party apps can make use of AR capabilities. On that front, Facebook says that “apps that use Passthrough API cannot access, view, or store images or videos of your physical environment from the Oculus Quest 2 sensors,” and that “raw images from device sensors are processed on-device,” meaning that the images the camera sees don’t get sent to Facebook or to third-party developers.

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Source: https://www.roadtovr.com/facebook-unlocking-ar-quest-2/

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Two New ‘Harry Potter’ VR Experiences Launch at Harry Potter New York

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Two new Harry Potter VR experiences have launched at the Harry Potter New York retail location. Wizards Take Flight and Chaos at Hogwarts were developed in collaboration with Dreamscape, Wevr, and Keylight.

The Harry Potter New York store, which launched last month as a retail destination for fans of the series, is now home to two new VR experiences offering visitors a chance to cast spells with wands at Hogwarts and ride flying brooms through London.

Both experiences launched last week, supporting up to six players at at time, and have a total run time of about 30 minutes (including gearing up and down).

Chaos at Hogwarts

After missing the Hogwarts Express at King’s Cross Station, Dobby helps get us to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Students! Dobby needs your help. Journey through Hogwarts Castle, cast spells with your wand, round up Pixies, discover hidden secrets, and find whether you and your friends can manage the Chaos at Hogwarts.

Wizards Take Flight

Take flight into the wizarding world on your own broom. Fly freely in the skies above Hogwarts before meeting Hagrid at Knockturn Alley. Then battle Death Eaters over the city of London, casting spells with your wand as you try to escape through the clouds to the safety of Hogwarts Castle.

For Chaos at Hogwarts, players will wear a VR backpack, headset, foot-trackers, and hand-trackers. In Wizards Take Flight players will each be seated on a physical broom accessory and wear a VR headset and hand-trackers. Both experiences are said to make use of “various haptics and special effects.”

Both Harry Potter VR experiences are priced at $34, and while tickets are technically available on the Harry Potter New York website, it appears that both VR experiences are completely sold out through August 15th.

Chaos at Hogwarts and Wizards Take Flight were made in collaboration with VR LBE, development, and production companies Dreamscape Immersive, Wevr, and Keylight.

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Source: https://www.roadtovr.com/harry-potter-vr-new-york-chaos-at-hogwarts-wizards-take-flight/

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The VR Drop: A Breezey RPG Summer

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It’s hot, it’s sunny so why stay inside playing virtual reality (VR) videogames? Because it’s hot, too sunny and quite frankly July has been filled with awesome releases. And that’s set to continue as the month comes to a close next week with more VR titles than you can shake a stick at gearing up for launch. Here are five that VRFocus is looking forward to in the coming days.

Winds & Leaves

Winds & Leaves – Trebuchet

After previously releasing Prison Boss VR Canadian developer Trebuchet returns with a far more open-air experience. In Winds & Leaves you become a virtual gardener bringing life back to a barren planet. Using a unique connection to the trees and plants around you, the only way you can explore the world is by planting forests that provide life-giving energy whilst offering a safe haven to return to. A VR experience for nature lovers.

  • Supported platforms: PlayStation VR
  • Launch date: 27th July

Arcsmith – Bithell Games

In Arcsmith you become a space engineer guided by a rather reluctant master arcsmith Korith Dinn. Onboard his usually quiet space station you’ll learn how to construct a variety of space-based items and machinery, fitting parts together in your own way. Whilst these three-dimensional engineering puzzles have specifications to work to, the modular design of the components means you can get creative with each assembly.

Arcsmith

Zombieland VR: Headshot Fever – XR Games

Initially due for release earlier this month on Steam, Zombieland fans can get in on the action in a few days. An official franchise tie-in with the films, Zombieland VR: Headshot Fever is an arcade-style shooter testing your aim and speed across a variety of zombie-filled courses. Get two headshots in a row to activate slow-mo, giving you more time to rack up those kills and points to unlock more goodies.

Vengeful Rites – Deep Dive Interactive

A Steam Early Access title that arrived back in 2018, Vengeful Rights is a big, story-driven role-playing game (RPG) set for an official launch next week. Filled with puzzles to solve and monsters to fight you’ll be able to wield swords, bows and magical abilities as you seek to save the world in this classic fantasy adventure.

Neon Hat

Neon Hat – Entalto Studios

From Spanish indie team Entalto Studios, Neon Hat is a very vibrant, cyber racer designed for use with PlayStation Move controllers, each one serves as a rocket booster allowing players to fly around corners and through checkpoints. Featuring its own original synthwave soundtrack, Neon Hat features ten courses across three gameplay modes. 

  • Supported platforms: PlayStation VR
  • Launch date: 29th July

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Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2021/07/the-vr-drop-a-breezey-rpg-summer/

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