You’ve got a Quest 2 in hand, and you want to know what to play before you plonk down some of your hard earned cash. Thankfully there’s a good amount of free VR content already on the Oculus Store to keep you playing before you’re paying.
- Description: Without a doubt one of the most fun, and most expansive VR titles out there… and it’s free. Sure, you can pay real cash for in-game tokens to buy spiffy clothes for your avatar, but that’s really up to you. Gads of mini-games await you in both first-party creations such as the ever so popular co-op Quests—that could be games in their own right—to user-created stuff that will keep your pocket book gathering dust. It’s social VR, so meet people and have a ball for zero dollarydoos.
- Developer: Rec Room
- Description: Zero-g sports aren’t possible unless you’re stationed on the ISS, and even then you probably shouldn’t muck about. In this fast-paced game of ultimate frisbee-meets-hockey-meets-whatever, you’ll launch at speed to the goal, evade the opposing team and chuck your Tron-style frisbee-thing for the win. Remember: you can smash your opponent in the face, just please make sure it’s not a TV, pet, or loved one IRL.
- Developer: Ready at Dawn
- Description: If you’ve been anywhere near the Internet in the last two years, it’s likely you’ve already heard about VRChat, the user-generated social VR space filled with… well… everything you can imagine, re-pro games included like Among Us, Mario Kart, and even a version of Beat Saber. Fashion your own avatar or download the millions of user-generated avatars out there so you can embody SpongeBob, Kirito from Sword Art Online, or any one of the million anime girl avatars that you’re bound to see there.
- Developer: VRChat
The Under Presents
- Description: Ok, so not a game in the traditional sense, but The Under Presents is a true tour de force when it comes to immersion, exploration, and downright weirdness that you can only experience in VR. This mind-bending adventure is an optional social experience that’s almost too big to describe, but suffice it to say you can easily get lost uncovering the game’s mysteries and puzzle-like room configurations. It also includes over 30 minutes of single player mysteries to discover for free.
- Developer: Tender Claws
- Description: Pokerstars, but in VR and without real cash. Okay, that last part isn’t exactly true because you can buy in-game chips for more fun (non-transferable). If you’re good at Texas Hold’em, you may not need to buy any at all by working up from your starting chips. Just make sure you’re not giving off any tells, because in VR they can see you bluff almost as good as in real life. Also black jack and slots if you’re into it.
- Developer: Lucky VR
- Description: In between frenetic social VR games and high-flying matches in Echo VR, Bait! offers up some relaxing fishing holes for you to trawl. Catch rare fish, buy new equipment and fish the day away across five different lakes filled with different swimming vertebrates. It’s chill with a little bit of momentary excitement, just like fishing should be. BYOB.
- Developer: Resolution Games
- Description: It may be preinstalled, but you definitely shouldn’t miss First Steps, one of Oculus’ key intros into the world of VR. You’ll get to mess around with some of the best examples of virtual gadgetry all while learning the ropes in a splendidly built virtual world. It’s basically a demo, but with awesome production quality.
- Developer: Oculus
- Description: Another preinstalled app worth your time, First Contact is more of a comprehensive look at what makes VR great, and comes with a bunch of really lovely scenery, Easter eggs, and plenty to explore as you learn your virtual left hand from you right. This one is all about the magical ‘p’ word: presence.
- Developer: Fun Bits Interactive / Oculus
- Description: Free alien pet, anyone? In Bogo you nurture your own little alien buddy, feed him, scratch his little belly, and experience the wonders of room-scale VR. It’s short and sweet, just like your new pal Bogo.
- Developer: Oculus
- Description: Bigscreen is the mother of all VR video apps, and it’s social too. Configure your avatar and pop into virtual movie theaters to watch your own content, stream your own stuff for others to see, and watch other people’s content all while having a friendly chat. You can also rent movies, show up for bespoke movie nights, and watch all the free live TV you can shake a stick at, courtesy of a partnership with Pluto TV.
- Developer: Bigscreen VR
- Description: Some of the most creative people on the planet are using Oculus’ 3D painting tool for Rift, Quill. You don’t have to own a PC though to enjoy all of those creations for yourself, because in Quill Theater you’ll get to see a curated selection of characters, fantastic creatures, and complete narratives in lovingly created VR animations.
- Developer: Facebook
- Description: Cinematic VR encompasses both 360 video and content created from the ground-up for immersive VR. Within hosts a ton of award-winning VR documentaries, animation, music videos, horror, and more. Definitely check out Crow, LEGO Batman, and Tokyo Light Odyssey.
- Developer: WITHIN
- Description: This is Facebook’s premium live event viewing platform which lets you attend events like concerts, sports, comedy, and more—all with your Quest headset-owning friends in tow. Make an avatar, check out an event, and chat with friends or make new ones. You’re already signed in with Facebook, so might as well take advantage of everything the company has to offer. Or not. We’re not your dad.
- Developer: Facebook VR
- Description: An immersive VR story from the now defunct Oculus Story Studio, Dear Angelica is something the developers called “a journey through the magical and dreamlike ways we remember our loved ones.” It’s painted by hand in Quill, playing out in a series of memories that unfold around you. Tissues required.
- Developer: Oculus Story Studios
- Description: Oculus Story Studio’s first immersive VR story., Henry is a great VR story for young, old, and everyone in between. Narrated by Elijah Wood, and developed with former creative talent on the Brave and Toy Story 3 teams, Henry is too cute to believe.
- Developer: Oculus Story Studios