Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Playstation VR + Games

Back in September we wrote about the pretty spectacular Playstation VR – imagine entering the world of a video game, and letting it fully immerse you, sight and sound (I suppose we’re still waiting on smell, which may or may not be a good thing). Playstation VR is a perfect and, in context, a reasonably priced entry way into experiencing what is in all likelihood the future of gaming.


Playstation VR is now available for purchase – if you get the Launch Bundle version, you’ll receive the headset, two move controllers, and Playstation Camera. You’ll also receive the VR Worlds game, allowing you to taste the breadth of experience that comes with virtual reality. It’s hard to find though, but you can find the Playstation VR Core Edition and build up from there.

Playstation also made sure that there was a large assortment of games and add-ons that would be available at launch and slightly post, so it’s not as if you’re stuck with five or six titles at a time. Some of the ones we’d suggest:

Batman: Arkham VR

This is probably the best game of the bunch we’ve played. You want to be Batman? Well, in this game from Warner Brothers you put on the cowl as you work to uncover who killed one of your closest allies. This game isn’t about fighting; it’s about solving a mystery. It’s a short game, roughly an hour or so, but as far as an experience living out the dream of being the Bat, this game is it.

Star Wars Battlefront: Rogue One Add-On 

For owners of last year’s Battlefront game, this free add-on puts you front and center in the cockpit of your very own X-Wing Fighter, as you take on Imperial forces during a rescue mission. This is a short experience, but for the Star Wars fan, it’s a must-have, just for the ability to look around at the galaxy far, far away.

Until Dawn: Rush of Blood

Here’s a first person shooter set in a monster-filled fun house that you ride through. Killer clowns get in your face, and monsters and animals are there for you to shoot down. For horror fans, this is a pretty solid thrill ride that actually manages to give the feeling that you’re on a roller coaster. Get your Gravol, though, because this one leaves you feeling a little nauseous after about 15-20 minutes of gameplay.

Resident Evil: Biohazard Demo

The original king of survival horror gets back to its roots for this upcoming installment, due in January. The current downloadable VR demo is an absolute must-have, and is pretty much designed to scare the absolute first person shit out of you.

There are a lot more games out there as well. Some, like Robinson: The Journeyare designed specially for Playstation VR, while others have downloadable VR components, including Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Rise of the Tomb Raider.

For the gamer in your life, Playstation VR is the next step in the evolution of platform immersion. Get it for them this holiday season, and they will thank you for it. Big time.

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