When it was announced that Facebook had purchased Oculus, there was an outcry from gamers who bemoaned that the Oculus Rift VR headset would become nothing more than a fancy way to check your status updates.
But we got thinking that maybe Facebook’s involvement could be a good thing. With access to a much bigger audience and a bottomless pit of money, maybe more studios will be attracted to VR support. With Sony also jumping on board the VR bandwagon, it could make for some exciting new experiences ahead.
Working alongside a traditional controller, a VR headset could add a whole new level of immersion and control options. So here’s a few titles we think would be perfect for the VR treatment:
As we explained in our hands on preview the team at Creative Assembly have painstakingly done all they can to recreate the tension and atmosphere of Ridley Scotts 1979 classic movie, so we think it’d be perfect if you could immerse yourself further into the game.
While the section we got to play was terrifying enough, being able to actually peek from under the tables or frantically check over our shoulder while opening a stuck door would ramp the already pants wetting tension up to 11.
Upon its release last year, many argued that the stellar Gone Home was more of an experience than a game, in which case it was one of the best ‘experiences’ of the last year. The small team at indie studio The Fullbright Company created a truly immersive and engaging adventure by using clever storytelling mechanics, which let you unravel the story at your own pace.
The final moments of the game will stay with many gamers for a long time, but think just how much more emotional it all could have been if you were transported right inside the house, using Virtual Reality.
OK, so this one may be a long shot, but we’re not expecting you to start launching yourself over the sofa wearing a £300 virtual blindfold. The world of Mirrors Edge looks simply stunning, so to be able to absorb it via VR would be incredible. Although all the jumping around could make this an issue for those who suffer from motion sickness.
Everyone’s favourite Lego simulator is already massively popular, but just imagine how much better it would be if it actually felt like you were holding the blocks and carrying them around your pixelated virtual world?
Sadly however, developer Notch promptly scrapped a planned Oculus version from atop his high horse almost immediately after the Facebook deal was announced. But hey you could always play with real Lego.
With VR support, the monster Fifa series could finally help players live out their wildest fantasies (well the ones involving a round ball and 21 other men). While this is probably only workable in the series’ less popular “Be A Pro” mode, the chance to experience stepping out on the hallowed turf of your favourite team before spooning the ball straight out of play could be interesting.
If there’s one genre that would benefit from more immersion, it’s horror games. Although why people would want to further immerse themselves into a scary mental hospital full of weird mutant mental patients is beyond us. For those adrenaline seekers, VR implementation would really add a whole new layer to these already terrifying titles
Kinect Sports has some good ideas at it’s heart, but the implementation lets the series down. No matter how good Kinect gets you’re still just jumping around like a goon in your living room. With VR support, we could be looking at a world where Tron-style VR sports games could be a reality.
Hardcore racing nuts have always been known to seek out new ways to take their experience to the next level and VR headsets could offer just that. While other tech has already offered head tracking, a VR setup could allow racers the ability to fully look around the cockpit and around corners. When coupled with a decent racing wheel setup this one certainly has potential, it would practically be like sitting in a real car.
Whats your take on VR? Will Facebook’s involvement take the Oculus Rift from niche accessory to valid gaming platform? Let us know in the comments below.