Oculus Quest is home to a lot of great VR games but, from today, you can play Oculus Rift games on your headset too thanks to Oculus Link.
Now available in beta, Link requires a type 3 cable to connect to a high powered PC (check the specs here). If you have all of those things, then you can access a bunch of PC VR content. But what games and apps should you be sure to check out?
We already have extensive lists of the best Oculus Rift and SteamVR games, but they have a lot of overlap with games that are already on Quest. You’re of course free to check them out with improved fidelity, but for this list we’ve kept it to experiences that aren’t on Quest natively. With that in mind, here’s 10 Oculus Rift games and apps to play on Quest via Oculus Link.
Note: We’ve tested the first 5 – 10 minutes of each of these games in Quest to ensure they work. If anyone encounters any problems, be sure to let us know!
10. The Lab – SteamVR (Read Our Review)
Three and a half years on from PC VR’s launch and The Lab remains one of the best experiences you can have on the platform. Valve’s collection of minigames offer a taste of its signature brand of humor and, more importantly, a template for incredible VR interactions that separate this new technology from its traditional gaming roots. Plus it’s free, and you can’t really argue with that.
9. Gorn – Oculus Home, SteamVR (Read Our Review)
Gorn’s physics-driven over the top combat would likely struggle to fit on Quest natively, so we fully recommend picking it up for Oculus Link. In this slapstick gladiator combat game you impale, dismember, and bash enemies with a wide array of weaponry. It is ridiculously gory and utterly hilarious, refined through years of Early Access development. Don’t miss Gorn.
8. L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files- Oculus Home, SteamVR (Read Our Review)
Rockstar holds the keys to some of the best virtual worlds out there. L.A. Noire might not rank up there with GTAV and Red Dead 2, but its dedication to authenticity still makes it an essential setting to explore with a headset. The VR Case Files cherry-picks a handful of cases from the original game to reexperience in VR. It’s one of the most polished experiences you can have on the platform.
7. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice VR Edition – SteamVR (Read Our Review)
No one expected Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice to get a VR adaptation. Better yet, no one expected such an adaptation to work so well. And yet Hellblade VR is a shining example of how to get VR ports right, with fantastic visuals and select moments that work even better inside the headset. If you already own the game this is a free update, so don’t forget to download it.
6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR – SteamVR (Read Our Review)
Turns out the Skyrim of VR is, well, Skyrim! Bethesda did an incredible job porting its legendary role-playing game to PC VR headsets, offering a massive open world to explore with hours worth of quesst to tackle. Plus, when you add in mods, Skyrim VR becomes is own metaverse of possibilities.
5. Wolves in the Walls – Oculus Home (Read Our Coverage)
There’s tons of amazing VR experiences out there right now that straddle the line between games, films and something entirely new. Star Wars: Vader Immortal shows us that on Quest but, for our money, Wolves in the Walls from Fable Studio is the best example yet. This interactive story has you befriending a young girl. Fable goes to great lengths to make the bond between you as natural as it can be. If you’re looking for something other than gaming, this is a great place to start.
4. No Man’s Sky VR – SteamVR (Read Our Review)
An infinite universe of planets to explore, adventures to go on and friends to work with. That’s the promise No Man’s Sky’s ambitious VR update makes and, though launch was marred by technical hitches, Hello Games delivered. This is the entire original game with native-feeling VR support, giving you an endless amount of content to enjoy.
3. Stormland – Oculus Home (Read Our Review)
Insomniac Games makes the list again with its most recent title, Stormland. This is an incredibly slick first-person shooter in which you traverse a series of islands connected by a sea of clouds. A fluid, free movement system makes this one of VR’s most liberating experiences, and the live features and two-player co-op make this worth the jump.
2. Lone Echo – Oculus Home (Read Our Review)
Lone Echo was a pioneer of the now-beloved zero-gravity locomotion system for VR. Not only that but the game delivers incredible visuals, thoughtful pacing and a great story, driven by strong characters and the bonds you grow with them. Plus it’s required playing before the launch of Lone Echo II and you can get in a bit of practice before the release of Echo VR on Quest.
1. Asgard’s Wrath – Oculus Home (Read Our Review)
We recently crowned Asgard’s Wrath as VR’s best game and, though only a month has passed, that still remains true in a busy holiday season. This is the massive, VR-native role-playing game that many fans have been waiting for, taking you on a tour of Norse Mythology and adding in biting melee combat and brilliant animal companions.
Honourary Mention: Edge of Nowhere – Oculus Home (Read Our Review)
Insomniac’s VR debut remains one of the best, most thrilling gamepad-based games in VR. You can think of this as a mix between Uncharted and Dead Space; it’s a third-person action horror game in which you travel to the Arctic in search of a lost expedition. Inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, the game presents a chilling descent into madness you won’t want to miss.
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