Best PlayStation VR games: the PSVR adventures you shouldn't miss

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The best PlayStation VR games make the best of today's immersive technology. 

As we anticipate the PlayStation VR 2, it's a good idea to look back at how far the industry has come. VR gaming is a completely different experience from looking at a screen, and if you’re new to this type of gaming, you want to start with the best. 

The PlayStation VR, or PSVR, is the headset you'll need if you want to experience VR on Sony consoles, whether that’s a PlayStation 5 or a Playstation 4. It is also the most cost-efficient way to upgrade your gaming experience when compared to the competition by Valve and Meta. If you are still mulling over your purchase decision, learn more about PlayStation’s headset in our full PlayStation VR review.

In addition, PlayStation VR offers many first-party exclusives and beloved games that have added an extra layer of interactivity by enabling VR – you can’t enjoy Astro Bot or Grand Turismo in VR anywhere else. The PSVR library offers something for every taste.

Today, VR games are a well-established part of the gaming landscape, and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. There's even an Xbox VR competitor on the horizon.

Learn more about the best PlayStation VR games and find them at great prices in the list below!

Best PlayStation VR games

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best PlayStation Vr games – Astro Bot is giving a flower to another bot, you can see several large vines growing towards the sky in the background

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Astro Bot: Rescue Mission

A family-friendly platformer

Reasons to buy

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Imaginative
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Brilliant platforming
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Innovative level design

Reasons to avoid

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Quite a short game

Does it require Move controllers? No

If you own a PlayStation VR headset, Astro Bot: Rescue Mission is absolutely unmissable. Astro Bot has for a long time served as an introduction to new Playstation consoles and technologies, but he is also simply the hero of one of the best platforming series out there.

Full of the kind of inventiveness that rival Nintendo's Mario series, Astro Bot: Rescue Mission plays with the VR format with such wild imagination there is no way it wouldn't have made the list of the best PlayStation VR games. Weaving levels all around the player, and using scale to both disarm and delight your expectations, it's quite unlike anything you'll have ever played before and that makes it one of the best games to use your PSVR with.

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Beat Saber

Hit that beat

Reasons to buy

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Regular updates
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Fantastic tunes
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A great work out

Reasons to avoid

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Very physical, which may not suit everyone

Does it require Move controllers? Yes

You can't talk about the best PlayStation VR games without mentioning Beat Saber, a generally great way to use VR and probably the best rhythm game since Guitar Hero. 

Now, that might sound like high praise, but but just looking at Beat Saber gameplay is an experience, and we reckon a lot of people have bought a VR headset specifically for this game. As its name suggests, Beat Saber is about using sabers to slash blocks to the beat of the music. Ths songs are often fast-paced, and there are walls of dissonance that you need to duck under or dodge. 

While other games on our list might have you move at a slower pace by exploring a new land or using your powers of deduction to solve a mystery, Beat Saber is a high intensity affair—it's about as good as any cardio workout we've ever done, and is perfect for people want to get that 30 minutes of exercise in per day without leaving the house. 

Thanks to a large catalogue of songs, everyone is likely to find something they enjoy, and the temptation to become the next Beatsaber pro is as good a reason to get a VR headset as any.

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Gran Turismo Sport

The racing game of all racing games

Reasons to buy

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Beautifully realized vehicles
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Immersive
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Discrete in-game HUD

Reasons to avoid

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A side mode rather than main game

Does it require Move controllers? No, but getting a racing wheel elevates the experience.

Gran Turismo is PlayStation's first-party racing series, so it's fitting that Gran Turismo Sport, the franchise's first foray on the PS4, should embrace the PlayStation VR headset.

While VR comes as a mode rather than a full standalone game, you still get in the cockpit of a huge selection of beautifully realized vehicles, each modeled exactly as they appear in real life, before taking them out onto the circuit for head-to-head races.

To make your VR experience a good one, the mode adds a discreet in-game HUD, useful mirrors and some fine-stitched racing gloves sitting over your digital hands. It makes an already great racer extra tempting, and is a must-have for PSVR owners. 

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I Expect You To Die

A Bond-like PSVR game

Reasons to buy

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Highly interactive, immersive environments
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Fun puzzles with a range of solutions
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Replayability

Reasons to avoid

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Can be frustrating
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A short game

Does it require Move controllers? No, but with so many things you can interact with, the Move controllers will offer a lot of extra freedom

The fantastic I Expect You to Die will have you feeling like a classy Cold War-era spy, like James Bond as played by Sean Connery or Roger Moore, not Daniel Craig. The game puts you into the role of a special agent tasked with getting yourself out of exceedingly sticky situations, all without moving from your seat.

It's one of the best PlayStation VR games because it makes excellent use of VR, as you can pick up and play with objects all over your environment, whether or not doing so actually helps you complete your objective. The theme also lends itself superbly to VR.

There are several levels  and each sets you in a unique environment that plays out much like an escape room. You’re faced with a series of puzzles, and your actions will determine whether you live or die. 

The puzzles are great, and many can be solved multiple ways, lending the game some replayability. This is also a fun one to watch your friends try, as you’ll enjoy the shock on their faces when they encounter traps, such as a cabinet full of hand grenades.

The sequel, released in 2021, is another great option for you, in that it offers more of  everything we've just described.

Best PlayStation VR games – a view of a bomb with keys, two green light, a timer and wires in different colours

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Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Team work makes the bomb diffusal work

Reasons to buy

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Great for groups and parties
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Engaging and exciting puzzles

Reasons to avoid

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Can get frustrating 
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Not quite as fun for solo players

Does it require Move controllers? No

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes doesn’t sound like much fun on paper. While one person puts on a headset to look at an overly detailed bomb in a nondescript room, the other player uses the TV screen to read a dense direction manual on how which wires to cut and buttons to push to make sure you get to the next level. But underneath its seemingly boring exterior lies a tremendously fun exercise in teamwork, communication and sometimes sheer dumb luck as you make last-minute decisions to stop a bomb from going off.  

Levels that start off easy – usually with two or three puzzles to solve and a few minutes to solve them – have a tendency to escalate quickly. Part of the game’s charm is that whenever you start feeling good about your skills as either a decoder or disarmer, something else comes up that ruins your day. In that way it’s fun trying to stay calm under pressure and getting a laugh when it all blows up in your face.

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L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files

Play the detective

Reasons to buy

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Engaging puzzles
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Good use of PSVR controls
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A new way to experience a classic game

Reasons to avoid

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Not a complete remake of the original

Does it require move controllers? Yes

With The VR case files, a great Rockstar game gets a VR spin-off.  Here,  you physically make notes on cases, batter goons on vacant rooftops and solve tricky, engaging puzzles to put criminals in the clink where they belong. 

The detective work is fun, and you can feel the work that went into translating move sets and activities from third-person gameplay to VR. 

The VR Case Files is one of the best PlayStation VR games and even though it isn't an adaptation of La Noire's 20 plus hours, it's still an essential pickup for any PSVR owner looking for to experience what a VR adaptation feels like. 

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No Man's Sky VR

Play a different way

Reasons to buy

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Immersive
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Beautiful game world
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Can continue existing save

Reasons to avoid

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Scale can be overwhelming

Does it require Move controllers? No

No Man's Sky has been available for a few years now, but its most recent Beyond update added No Man's Sky VR - which from the name is likely pretty self-explanatory. This isn't some virtual reality focused addendum to the existing game though - this is the entirety of No Man's Sky playable in VR, and is compatible with existing saves made before the update too. 

That means you can go from a planet's surface, into your ship, to the Nexus and back again all within VR. You'll also be able to interact with non-VR players on your chosen platform.

Cntrols have been tweaked too – you can play with a controller, or use a PlayStation Move controller as your ship's throttle. No Man's Sky VR is an example of a VR mode that changes the game entirely.

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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

A great horror game made scarier

Reasons to buy

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You can play the whole game in VR
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VR makes good use of the first-person perspective of the game
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Genuinely frightening

Reasons to avoid

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Genuinely frightening

Does it require Move controllers? No

Resident Evil 7 is a bit of an anomaly on this list: this entry in the long-running horror series takes the experience into first-person for the first time, but, more impressively, can be played in its 18 hour entirety in VR. 

This means that the game is one of the longest PSVR experiences available right now, but you'll need a lot of courage to make it through the game this way, since by all accounts Resident Evil 7 is one scary game – especially in virtual reality. 

However, if you're able to stomach the scares you'll be rewarded with one of the best horror games of this generation, and a true return to form for the Resident Evil series.  

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SUPERHOT VR

Matrix-esque action

Reasons to buy

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Empowering and clever gameplay
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Highly replayable
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Doesn't require too much space

Reasons to avoid

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PSVR motion tracking can frustrate

Does it require Move controllers? Yes, though a non-VR version of the game is also available and truly excellent.

It’s always a delight when a game developer takes a tried-and-true genre and introduces a new gameplay mechanic that flips it on its head. That was the case when SUPERHOT was released, offeringa slowed-down version of first-person shooter gameplay.

In the game, time only moves when the player moves, and that can make for some fantastic Matrix-esque moments. All of that gameplay has translated excellently into virtual reality with SUPERHOT VR. 

SUPERHOT VR lives from leaving you in truly precarious situations, such as standing empty-handed before three enemies with shotguns who have you dead-to-rights, with only your wits and time on your side. 

While the story only takes a couple of hours to play through, there’s plenty of replayability in SUPERHOT VR, as you can try to play through in different ways, or take on challenge modes. It’s also a great VR party game, as players can swap in and out to show off their moves. 

With SUPERHOT VR an already great game gets elevated in all the right ways, making it one of the best PlayStation VR games available.

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Tetris Effect: Connected

Tetris, effectfully rendered in VR

Reasons to buy

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Totally hypnotic
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Fantastic soundtrack
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Utterly absorbing gameplay

Does it require Move controllers? No.

It's hard to put the Tetris Effect experience into words, but let's try.. Essentially you play regular games of Tetris, except that the environments you're playing in change. Each level has its own distinct flavor - with music and visuals tailored to its theme. You can play an underwater level for example, during which the game plays soothing underwater noises while sparkling, whales float around your head. 

It's a psychedelic and hypnotic experience, and one that everyone should have the privilege to play, which si enough to make it one of the best PlayStation VR games, even though you can enjoy it equally with or without VR.

Vic Hood
Associate Editor, TechRadar Gaming

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