Discover PlayStation VR and Celebrate its 5th Anniversary

If you're a VR technology enthusiast, today's a day of celebration: PlayStation VR turns five. Know the accessory

Did you know that today the PlayStation VR five years ago? Maybe not, because honestly we know that VR technology is still somewhat “new” and not as popular as developers would like, so maybe it's not so common to find big VR releases in stores and prices for a Virtual reality headsets are still a little high to include this alongside a more “traditional” gaming system.

Despite this, thanks to the PlayStation VR being much more affordable than its PC VR rivals and the fact that a high number of people had one. PlayStation 4, the SIE (Sony Interactive Entertainment) has sold over two million units in just over its first year of life. That number rose to 3 million in 2018, surpassing 5 million in early 2020. And to commemorate this important event, in November PlayStation Plus members will receive three free PlayStation VR bonus games. But SIE hasn't revealed which ones yet.

Most Played PlayStation VR Games

Needless to say, these numbers attracted developers and, in the early years, the PlayStation VR had a good library of exclusive VR games. More than 500 games and experiences that are available for PlayStation VR. If you're a VR fan – especially a PlayStation – and a VR enthusiast, then check out a list prepared by the PlayStation Blog about the most played VR games.

The PlayStation Blog released which are the most played PlayStation VR games and which ones are preferred by region. Unfortunately, we don't know which is the favorite of Brazilian players, but it is very likely that it is one of the favorite games in America. If I were to guess, I would say that Beat Saber and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR are among the most played:

Europe: Rec Room, PlayStation VR Worlds, Beat Saber, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim VR, Resident Evil 7 biohazard
America: Rec Room, Beat Saber, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR, Job Simulator, Firewall: Zero Hour
Japan: Resident Evil 7 biohazard, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR, PlayStation VR Worlds, Beat Saber, Gran Turismo Sport

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Discover some of the PlayStation VR Games

Rec Room

Rec Room is an online virtual reality game an integrated with a game creation system developed and published by Rec Room Inc. (the studio was formerly known as Against Gravity) and playable on Windows PC, PlayStation 4/5, Oculus Quest 1/2, iOS 12.0 or higher, Android 7.1 or higher, Xbox One and Xbox Series S / X. Launched for Microsoft Windows in June 2016, PlayStation 4 (with PSVR support) in November 2017, Oculus Quest on May 2019, iOS in November 2019, Xbox in December 2020 and Android in August 2021.

The game consists of rooms (or “Recreation Rooms”) in which players, solo or multiplayer, place objects, create games and activities. Through a feature called “creator's pen”, the player can create objects and place them in their rooms. Some players, through a “creators club” can create objects and “inventions” and earn money from them through a partnership system.

Beat Saber

Beat Saber is a rhythm game with songs, where the player must use “light sabers” and hit floating boxes in time to the music. The game was released for PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows on May 21, 2019 and is compatible with most virtual reality headsets such as PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Oculus Quest.

The game has an editing mode, where everyone can create their own challenges with the songs and, in 2019, the developer, Beat Games, was bought by Facebook, although the company claims that this acquisition would not affect the development of the game for other platforms. It's easy to find footage on Youtube of players playing impressive matches with very complex songs on Beat Saber.

PlayStation VR Worlds

PlayStation VR Worlds is a compilation of games developed by London Studio and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It was released in October 2016 as a launch game for PlayStation VR on PlayStation 4. The game includes five different experiences, including London Heist, VR Luge, Scavenger Odyssey, Ocean Descent and Danger Ball. The game received mixed reviews upon release.

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  • London Heist: It's a first-person shooter game in which the player controls a mobster in charge of stealing a diamond.
  • VR Luge: In VR Luge, the player character is on a street sled and glides along a highway while avoiding other vehicles.
  • Scavenger Odissey: Players explore a sci-fi scenario-based location using vehicles and defeat aliens using the scavenger beam and pulse cannons
  • Ocean Descent: The player character descends to the depths of the ocean and observes different marine wild animals.
  • Danger Ball: Danger Ball is a sports game where the player avatar uses his head to hit a ball.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR

The game is the VR version of the acclaimed RPG created by Bethesda Studios, released for PS4 VR and for PC on Steam. The Elder Scrolls V: VR it's the same one originally released in 2011, but in VR. You use the commands and hand movements to attack with your weapons or use your spells and your voice and microphones to use the power "Thu'um", or the "Power of the Voice", and cast your "shouts".

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the fifth game in the franchise, and although its successor is on its way and the company has released an MMORPG, The Elder Scrolls Online, Skyrim still has a huge fan base and still counts over 20.000 players online daily, being one of the 100 most played according to Steam. An ancient evil has awakened in the frozen lands of Skyrim, Alduin - The Devourer of Worlds, and with him the only savior of the whole world.

Be the Dragonborn, a descendant of the legendary dragons, able to use your voice as a weapon, uttering words of power and absorbing the souls of your defeated enemies, to save the entire world of Tamriel from the threat of the dark dragon.

However, your mission will not be easy, because in addition to the monster, a civil war broke out in the region, between the separatists Stormcloaks, who want Skyrim to return to a land independent from the Empire, the Imperial Soldiers, who want to defeat the Stormcloacks and ensure that the continent remains unified and the elves of Aldmeri Dominion, who defeated the Empire in a war and now plan to conquer each region.

Resident evil 7 biohazard

Resident Evil 7 Bioharzad in VR version was released in 2017 and was PlayStation VR exclusive for about 12 months before it hit the other platforms, and it was an even scarier experience than the original game.

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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is the next big release in the renowned Resident Evil series and creates a new game in the franchise that wants to bring back its horror roots and open the door to a truly disturbing horror experience. A dramatic gameplay change to the series puts you in a photorealistic, first-person view, all powered by Capcom's new RE Engine graphics engine. Resident Evil 7 brings an unprecedented level of immersion, which makes the horror plot more intimate and personal.

The story follows Ethan Winters' journey in search of his wife, Mia, who leads him to a seemingly abandoned farm mansion inhabited by the Baker family. Ethan must explore the place, flee, hide and fight family members and the "Molds", a humanoid form of contagious bacteria. There are riddles that need to be solved to continue the story and find his wife, but even she doesn't seem to be at the table anymore. What is the connection of all this with Umbrella? Just playing to find out.

Set in today's rural United States and after the dramatic events of Resident Evil 6, players will experience the horror directly from a first-person perspective (and this time it's not an FPS full of guns and ammo). Resident Evil 7 embodies the series' trademark exploration elements and tense atmosphere that created the “Survival Horror” genre some twenty years ago, but with a complete update to the game systems that drive the survival horror experience. at other levels.

What's the Future of PlayStation VR

As said, it's been five years since the VR industry has seen massive development of Headsets, going through several generations and models, from cabled to all-in-one (AIO), and new features like manual tracking. Since then, the industry has modernized and the PlayStation VR needs some updates to remain relevant, especially in light of the launch of Sony's new console, the PlayStation 5.

The launch of the PlayStation 5 was a huge success for SIE, with over 10 million units sold. Although PlayStation VR can connect to the new console via a free adapter, everyone wants to know about PlayStation VR 2 (not officially named yet). All that's been shown so far are new “orb” joysticks, with finger tracking for natural hand gestures and adaptive triggers that allow players to “feel” certain elements of a game.

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Regarding the headset itself, no image has been released yet. The specifications have been released, stating that they will feature Fresnel OLED screens with a resolution of 2000 x 2040 per eye, HDR (High Dynamic Range) and a 110° field of view (FoV). Also, there will only be a single cable you will need to use, no breakout box with additional wires to handle.

Unfortunately, it hasn't been revealed when the PlayStation VR 2 will arrive, but expectations are that it won't be this year. Reports speculate that it will be sometime next year. On the positive side, some developers have already started to confirm designs for the headset with Engram from Maze Theory, Pavlov Shack from Vankrupt Games and Runner inspired by the anime by Truant Pixel. This means that the PlayStation VR's lifespan is coming to an end, with October 2022 possibly being when Sony's first VR effort will come to an end.

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Now, leave it in the comments: do you know the PlayStation VR well? Did you play any games with him? Contact us and take the opportunity to read more about virtual reality on our website. And happy birthday PlayStation VR.

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Paulo Fabris is a journalist, writer, RPG player, gamer, cosplayer, nerd and fan of anime since the time of TV Manchete.