It’s a good week to check out some 360 degree content on your Oculus Rift or Gear VR. Game-wise there’s some good stuff too, but we’ll take the rare chance to encourage you to check out some of the free story-based content in VR this week.
If you missed the previous entry of this list you can see those new releases here. And don’t forget that UploadVR has a Steam community group, complete with a curated list of recommendations so that you don’t have to waste any money finding out what’s good in the world of VR.
Top New Rift and Gear VR Releases on Oculus Home
MIYUBI, from Felix & Paul Studios
Price: Free (Rift, Gear)
From famed 360 studio Felix & Paul comes a 40 minute original piece called MIYUBI. The audience sees the world through the eyes of a Japanese toy robot gifted to a family in 1982. It’s a comedy piece that premiered at Sundance earlier this year. Plus it stars Jeff Goldblum.
Recommendation: Jeff. Goldblum.
Alteration, from ARTE Experience
Price: Free (Rift, Gear)
A new 360 story produced with the help of Oculus Studios, Alteration tells the story of a man that volunteers for a series of experiments based on dreams. When he discovers he’s actually been injected with an artificial intelligence named Elsa, his whole world begins to change.
Recommendation: It’s free. Give it a watch.
Racket: Nx, from One Hamsa
Price: $19.99 (Rift)
Rift gets an interesting new take on the brick breaker genre this week. Players can go head-to-head batting a ball against a wall in an arena trying to clear the surface in front of them. It’s one of those VR games that looks a little like Tron, but it has some fresh ideas.
Recommendation: Worth picking up while you wait for CCP’s Sparc.
Base Blitz, from Petroglyph Games
Price: $4.99 (Rift, Gear)
Here’s a new real-time strategy game in which you face off with an AI looking to take you down. Build a base and summon forces to take the enemy head-on. Interestingly, this has got full Touch support on Rift.
Recommendation: Definitely one to check out for the low price.
X Rebirth VR Edition, from EGOSOT
Price: $39.99 (Rift)
If you’re looking for a big Rift game this week it looks like this fits the bill. Explore a massive galaxy and build you own ships in this giant space sim based off of X Rebirth: Home of Light. This could be your next VR addiction, though it’s just in Early Access right now.
Recommendation: Definitely pick this one up.
New Oculus Rift Releases on Steam
You can find some highlights of new Steam VR releases here. Not all of them will have Rift support so make sure you specifically check each game of interest.