2016 is set to be the year of virtual reality, with the likes of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive Pre and PlayStation VR all set to hit the market. In fact, pre-orders for the HTC Vive Pre and Oculus Rift are already open, and Sony is due to host a VR-related event in a number of weeks where we assume the PlayStation VR will get a release date. Anyway, we digress – it’s an exciting experience ordering a VR headset, but what about once it arrives? Which games will you play in VR? Here, we round up some of the most exciting and anticipated virtual reality games available in 2016. Read next: HTC Vive Pre hands-on review
Most anticipated VR games of 2016: Elite: Dangerous
Elite: Dangerous is a personal favourite of ours, and only gets better when experienced in virtual reality. The hugely popular universe-wide sandbox game has seen success after success recently, especially after its well-received Horizons update allowed players to land on planet-size planets. You spend your time in a spaceship (or buggy) cockpit flying through space, dogfighting with enemy players and scavenging with monitors surrounding you displaying various pieces of information about the ship and its environment.
VR makes the experience 100 times better though – with a VR headset on, you are the pilot. You can even look down and see your ‘body’ and if you use a joystick to control the ship in real life, the movements will be mimicked in game. It’s incredibly immersive, and lets you gaze out of the window to hunt down your enemies or take in some of the no doubt beautiful sights you’ll come across throughout the galaxy.