Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) has integrated with SteamVR, bringing us a completely new pool of content into which we can dive head first. While a lot of games found on SteamVR will work alright with WMR, there are some that have received official WMR support. Let's take a look at the best.
Beat Saber (about $20) is the hit rhythm game with an Overwhelmingly Positive score on Steam with more than 3,000 reviews. And it's only been out since May 1!
In each hand, you hold a lightsaber, and as the original soundtrack pumps, blocks come hurtling at you. It's up to you to cut them on time and in the right direction while also dodging obstacles. Not only will you have a lot of fun, you'll also burn a lot of calories.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
Whether or not you've already played a version of Bethesda's Skyrim, it's probably worth playing over again in VR. Yes, it's the full game (it costs about $60), including the add-ons Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn. You'll spend a ton of time here, hacking, slashing, blocking, firing, sneaking, and casting your way through Tamriel. As far as game length compared to price goes, this is probably your best bet.
SUPERHOT VR (about $25) is another title for the first-person shooter (FPS) fans out there, and it wouldn't be as popular as it was without a twist. Here, time doesn't move ahead unless you're moving, which can be used to your advantage.
You're seriously outnumbered by red enemies, and it's up to you to progress through each level, leaving only shards behind. With the FOREVER update, there's now pretty much an endless supply of gameplay to enjoy.
Part epic fantasy storytelling, part intriguing exploration, The Gallery (about $45 for the bundle) — consisting now of two complete episodes — lets you become the hero of the story. Designed from the start for VR, in Episode 1 you'll have to use your wits to find your sister in an alternate world, before exploring further that same world in Episode 2.
If you're a child of the '80s and can fondly remember dark fantasy movies like Labyrinth, this should be in your wheelhouse.
Do you love climbing things? Are you always in trouble, being told to "Get down from there!"? Have you had multiple lawsuits filed against you for scaling skyscrapers using suction cups? Whether you answered yes or no to any of those questions, you should check out Climbey (about $10).
You have two virtual hands, a helmet, and an infinite number of levels to climb thanks to a level editor and the ability to share with other players. Join five others for some competition, or go it alone and attempt to beat your personal best scores.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
Excruciatingly delayed a few times before finally getting a full release, Star Trek: Bridge Crew (about $50) is every Trek fan's dream come true. You and three friends pilot the U.S.S. Aegis as it travels the far reaches of the galaxy, completing the campaign before tackling procedurally generated missions.
Because this is VR, all controls are laid out in front of you just as they would on a standard ship, and you really feel like you're there. Even if you aren't a fan of Star Trek, you can still get a kick out of the camaraderie that this game develops between people on the ship's bridge.
One of the first games I ever enjoyed in VR, Job Simulator (about $20) is, to this day, still just as much fun. The game sees you as an office worker, convenience store clerk, auto mechanic, or short-order cook, but it's not quite what you think.
The entire thing is bathed in tongue-in-cheek humor, and you'll have a hard time not not having a great time from the moment you choose a career. Need a game for the younger crowd? This one is always a hit.
The Lab is one of the first VR experiences many people have tried out, helped by its free price tag but also no doubt because it's so much fun. It is basically a tech demo showing off what's capable in VR, and it offers eight different minigames accessible through an interactive laboratory.
Highlights here are Slingshot, which has you launching balls into precarious stacks of cardboard boxes and explosives, and Longbow, which has you defending a keep from invaders using nothing more than a bow and arrows. If you're new to VR, this is a great place to start.
For FPS fans who like a solid story to go along with their gunplay is Arizona Sunshine (about $40). You're a survivor of the zombie apocalypse who's attempting to make their way across the barren Arizona desert in hopes of finding others who don't just want to eat brains.
There are plenty of locomotion and controller options to make it as comfortable as possible, and the game is still being updated. A new Dead Man DLC was released May 24, 2018, along with a free two-handed weapon update that expands everyone's arsenal.
When it comes to free VR games, Rec Room should be near the top of everyone's list. It's a cross-platform meeting ground that lets you customize avatars and environments, plus it has a bunch of fully-fleshed games for when chatting gets tiresome.
Play laser tag, disc golf, paintball, cards, and more with players from around the world, or host your own private game to hang out with close pals. If you don't yet have Rec Room, you're doing yourself a disservice. It's even getting a battle royale game mode, making this pretty much your one-stop shop for everything VR.
Space Pirate Trainer
Space Pirate Trainer (about $15) has some serious lasting power, as it was one of the first games I used to test out the then-new HTC Vive. This is no doubt due to the intense gunplay, pumping sci-fi soundtrack, and varied gameplay strategies.
You can dual-wield pistols (each with selectable ammunition), dual-wield shields, or mix and match in any way that lets you dispatch the enemy droids that are attempting to end your career as a space pirate. If you like the FPS genre, definitely consider this one.
Updated May 29, 2018: This list has been refreshed to ensure you're still getting the best SteamVR games to use with Windows Mixed Reality.
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