Which SteamVR games actually work well with Windows Mixed Reality?
Windows Mixed Reality has integrated with SteamVR, bringing us a completely new pool of content into which we can dive head first. Since it's mostly up to the developers whether or not they want to get everything working perfectly for Windows Mixed Reality — it is a new platform after all — not all games will be flawless when played.
We have, however, tested a bunch out, and have come up with a list of the SteamVR games and experiences we love the most that work well in Windows Mixed Reality.
The idea of eSport has been given new life thanks to VR, and Sparc (about $20) — considered a vSport — is a fast-paced, competitive example. You square off with an opponent in a long arena, you on one end and your foe on the other. The aim is to hit your opponent with a glowing orb while you dodge or deflect incoming orbs.
There are three different game modes to shake things up, but the real magic is in the deep strategy that's lying just under the surface. If you enjoy a full-body workout while competing against other real players, definitely give Sparc a try.
Google Earth VR
Google Earth VR is a free experience that essentially lets you travel anywhere in the world within your Windows Mixed Reality headset. While most of the vast expanses can be seen from a distance, you're also able to take a walk at street level in some of the larger cities of our planet, as well as near some of the wonders of the world.
There are plenty of tools available to make traveling easier, including a favorites list that lets you quickly revisit your most memorable spots. Also included are some guided tours if you'd rather have some structure to your visit.
Assetto Corsa (about $30) is a racing fan's dream come true. You're able to race a ton of official cars on a ton of real tracks that have been meticulously scanned for accuracy, and you can do it all from the driver's seat thanks to Windows Mixed Reality. Physics that play a huge part in real racing have been implemented here, offering drivers a realistic experience both in singleplayer and multiplayer.
This game is made much better with a racing wheel but is completely playable with a gamepad or keyboard and mouse.
The Lab is one of the first VR experiences many people have tried out, helped by its free price tag but also no doubt because it's so much fun. It is basically a tech demo showing off what's capable in VR, and it offers eight different minigames accessible through an interactive laboratory.
Highlights here are Slingshot, which has you launching balls into precarious stacks of cardboard boxes and explosives, and Longbow, which has you defending a keep from invaders using nothing more than a bow and arrows. If you're new to VR, this is a great place to start.
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality
Whether or not you're a fan of the popular (and ridiculous) TV show, this VR adaptation of Rick and Morty (about $30) is sure to please anyone with a twisted sense of humor. You play as a Morty clone as the action goes from the garage all the way to alien worlds.
There are plenty of puzzles and quests to complete, and you can probably spend hours just messing around with contraptions littered throughout the world. For a game that definitely doesn't take itself seriously, Rick and Morty is serious fun.
When it comes to free VR games, Rec Room should be near the top of everyone's list. It's a cross-platform meeting ground that lets you customize avatars and environments, plus it has a bunch of fully-fleshed games for when chatting gets tiresome.
Play laser tag, disc golf, paintball, cards, and more with players from around the world, or host your own private game to hang out with close pals. If you don't yet have Rec Room, you're doing yourself a disservice.
GORN (about $20) is one part gladiator-battle-arena and one part destroy-your-VR-space-in-a-blood-fueled-rage. It's ultra-violent, it requires a lot of physical activity, and it's addictively fun. Use your fists or any weapons from the large armory, and take on a never-ending supply of muscled arena fodder.
Be sure to clear A LOT of space wherever you enjoy VR because this one will destroy TVs, monitors, lamps, and put holes in the walls if you aren't careful.
As long you have even a spark of creativity, Tilt Brush (about $20) is going to be a lot of fun. Drawing in a 3D space is way different than sketching on a pad of paper, letting you create interactive models with a wide set of powerful tools.
This is truly interactive, doesn't require any artistic skill whatsoever, and pretty much has limitless potential with you behind the brush. Want to spend hours peacefully creating 3D art? This is the experience for you.
Role-playing games are immersive by nature, but VR really takes them to the next level. Vanishing Realms (about $20) was built specifically for VR, giving you real movement with your motion controllers. To swing a sword you actually have to swing your arm and to shoot a bow you have to go through the motions of drawing an arrow and letting it fly.
The fantasy world you discover here is filled with enemies, loot, and secrets, and it is loved by almost all who enter it. As for locomotion, once a sore spot for early adopters, you can now choose from teleportation or smooth movement.