Sony’s PlayStation VR headset is just a little over a month away from release now. All of the hype, marketing, and coverage from trade shows have led to this moment, when on October 13th, the video game developer, publisher, and console manufacturer will release its virtual reality HMD to the world. Luckily, even if you choose not to buy a single game for it on launch, you’ll still have games to play. Each and every PS VR headset that’s sold will include a demo disc, just like the old days.
Today, on the PlayStation Blog, Sony detailed that 8 total games will be previewed on the demo disc. The games shown include the recently announced DRIVECLUB VR, the Ocean Descent experience from PlayStation VR Worlds, fast-paced shooter Rigs, puzzle game Tumble VR, tank combat game Battlezone, dogfighting shooter EVE: Valkyrie, adventurer game Wayward Sky, and silly arcade game Headmaster.
Demo discs have all but become a thing of the past, as they were most popular in the late 90s and early 00s. Magazines would include them to give you a taste of the games you were playing and the discs used at retail store kiosks were often resold or found their way into garage sales. Today, demos are mostly nonexistent and the few that are still around are 100% digital. It’s a bit of a shame.
And when the PS VR headset releases, you’ll have even more options for free, out-of-the-box games that you can start playing immediately on day one. Playroom VR for instance is a free download for all PS VR owners, in addition to the first-person shooter World War Toons, which will also work outside of the headset.
Worth noting to avoid confusion, PlayStation VR Worlds, the actual game combo pack you can purchase, is not a demo disc. It contains five short game experiences (The London Heist, Ocean Descent, VR Luge, Scavengers Odyssey, Danger Ball) but it is not this demo disc, nor is it a demo disc at all. Think of it as the Wii Sports of PS VR. A headset bundle including PS VR Worlds is available as well.