Oculus might be having a big week with the launch of its Touch controllers, but there are some big new releases for PlayStation VR that are sure to delight fans this week as well, especially coming off the back of last week’s PlayStation Experience event. There might not be many big releases left this year, but you’re sure to be showing some of these to friends and family over the Christmas break, so dig in.
If you missed last week, you can see those new releases here. Also, UploadVR has launched the ‘UploadVR PS VR Community’ on PlayStation 4! Join up, find other gamers to play with, and engage in discussions.
Star Wars Battlefront: Rogue One X-Wing VR Mission, from Criterion Games
Price: Free (Star Wars: Battlefront required)
It’s been a long time since we’ve had a full release from Burnout developer Criterion Games, and this short VR experience doesn’t really qualify as one either, but it’s still being hailed as one of the best demos for PS VR so far. Take control of the iconic X-Wing and soar through space in a brief story that ties into the plot of the new movie, out next week. You’ll need to own Star Wars: Battlefront itself to get access.
Recommendation: This is a must for Star Wars fans, and Battlefront can be found cheap enough these days that it might justify the price alone. Hands-on thoughts here.
Resident Evil 7: Beginning Hour Demo, from Capcom
Resident Evil 7‘s surprise demo was one of the highlights of E3 2016, as was the news it could be played in VR. This weekend, that demo was updated to include PS VR support, and it makes for the best scare-fest yet seen on the platform, even if it is a free demo. In fact, this content won’t be showing up in the full experience, which launches in January, so make sure to check it out even if you’re avoiding spoilers.
Werewolves Within, from Ubisoft
Ubisoft’s second VR game couldn’t be further away from the dreamy Eagle Flight; it’s a social game that puts a virtual spin on a classic party game, casting some players as werewolves and tasking the others with deciphering exactly who it is. You’ll have to rely on not just the game’s tricks but also your own if you’re to avoid detection, though it’s important to note the game is best played with a group of friends, not strangers, but cross-platform play ensures a healthy ecosystem.
Recommendation: This is a must-play if you’re not too shy to chat. Getting involved vocally is absolutely required to play.
Surgeon Simulator: Experience Reality, from Bossa Studios
Unlike many of its patients, Bossa Studios streaming hit doesn’t seem to die. At PlayStation Experience, it returned to PlayStation 4 with support for PS VR. Enter into the fierce world of medical surgery and combat complex controls as you try to perform precise operations. You’ll almost certainly lose, but that’s the entire point of this crazy not-simulation.
Recoomendation: Controls are borderline broken right now for PS VR, but they’re working on them. Keep an eye on it.