Sports has been with us for as long as there has been humans, so it’s only a natural thing for it to be some of the first subject-matters to be adapted into pretty much any technology. Radio? Sports was there to deliver audio-based broadcasts on baseball games, world soccer and heavy-weight boxing. Same thing with television, the internet and now – virtual reality.
Today we’re taking a look at some of the finest VR sports games available across any device. Sports games as a whole has been incredibly popular for as long as there’s been consoles on which to play. Whether we look to soccer for franchises such as FIFA, or football for the Madden one, there’s been a franchise for pretty much any sport you can think of. Heck – even MMA has picked up traction recently, leading to quite a few fighting games in virtual reality as well.
So – whether you’re looking to play a few hours of golf, go for a jog, climb the tallest mountains or heroically carry a Duke football to the end zone for the Philadelphia Eagles – today we’ll be looking over some of the finest, adrenaline-pumpers covering the landscape of immersive technology.
Enjoy the picks, and let us know if you would have made any improvements to the list!
Up first we have BoxVR. If you don’t mind getting a bit of sweat in your Vive or Rift, this is a great one to begin with. Especially if you’re a fan of the art of boxing. This rhythm-based boxing is a work-out more than an actual 1-1 fight, so a wonderful little activity if you’d like to do some VR sport gaming but not feel like beating up someone! BoxVR opens up with several professional instructors, so you’re in great company if you want to give virtual boxing a try for the first time. There’s a reason behind the array of awards under its belt.
Coming up next is a rather unusual one, but one that has to be mentioned on any list of the best VR sports games that aims to embrace the entirety of the sports portfolio. Many may not consider fishing much of a sport as there’s little physical exhausting involved, but with that being said – fishing is a competitive sport, and we want this to be a list for just about anyone. Catch & Release lets you go to beautiful mountain lakes, enjoy the calming sounds of the water while taking your time digesting every moment of this awesome simulator. Just you – on a lake. Plain and simple.
Sprint Vector has risen in popularity ever since its launch on the Steam store early 2018. The game is a full-body VR experience. Sprint Vector is a creative blend of a game show and extreme sports racing. It lets you fly, climb, sprint, and battle your way towards a plethora of obstacles as you rush to the finish line. It’s one of the more addicting titles on today’s list for sure.
Beat Saber. I’m not even sure I need to say more than that. The Star Wars-themed audio-arcade has taken the industry by storm, and there’s just something about having it highlighted that seems right. If you have any bone in your body that like either Star Wars, music, or to dance – this one is for you. The amount of awards this title has to its name is off the charts too. We highly recommend you fire it up and find out just why that is!
Developer: Beat Games
It’s time to talk golf! Golf Club is a next iteration of the original foundation built by HB Studio’s 2014 ‘The Golf Club’. This VR adaptation has since then been adapted by hundreds of users across the globe and many view it as a great “do-it-at-home” practice, while learning to actually golf in real life.
Developer: HB Studios
The Climb is one of those few VR sports games that will sweep you off your sweat and make you feel like you’re leaving the living room. The game features some of the most visually compelling environments currently available for any device. If you’re any kind of an adrenaline junkie, or you just happen to like the idea of dangling from a mountain side while surrounded by painting-like scenery, you’ve got to give this one a download.
Time to warm up those wrists, my friends. Eleven is a Table Tennis simulator for virtual reality, and it’s a bloody good one which is why it’s making it to today’s list. Unlike many of the science-y next-generation laser-arcade games, this one is completely back-to-basis and that’s a refreshing change of pace. Play ping-pong, as you would in real life. Nothing more, nothing less.
Developer: For Fun Labs
Alright gang – VR Tennis is up next on today’s list of the best sports games for virtual reality. First Person Tennis is a brilliant simulator, developed to work both with HTC Vive, the Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality. During the game play, you’ll get to face off with real tennis players you know from the real world. Super engaging and it will make you sweat!
Developer: Mikori Games
VR Sports Challenge (published by Oculus) is a multi-sports game that lets you be either an NFL player, a hockey legend or even an NBA all-star. If you are looking for an A-grade visual simulation that is built by people who really know what they’re doing, this versatile powerhouse of a sports game is worth picking up.As far as virtual reality sports games goes – this one is a great install as you get to try a little bit of everything.
If you’re feeling like a Robin Hood, if Katniss Everdeen is your spirit animal,or you just flat-out love archery, Holopoint is the title for you. A great VR sports game in its own right. The title’s premise is simple – go from level to level, fighting your way through ninjas and lethal enemies as you fight your way to the end, equipped with nothing but a bow and arrow. The game starts out relatively easy, but accelerates and gets quite tricky towards the end – especially if you weren’t expecting to move.
Developer: Alzan Studios
Summary: Top 10 Best VR Sports Games 2019
With that we reach the end of our list of the finest sports games available for virtual reality. We hope there’s been one or two that’s been a worthy contender for your time.
One of the first things adapted into our current generation of virtual reality content, back when it was first announced to consumer hands in 2016 was the ever-evolving app NextVR.
NextVR was the first app to offer tickets to real-life events in a digital virtual experience. It quite simply booked tickets for real-life events in 360 spherical video. Sports were all over the place in terms of what you could buy tickets for, and it makes sense that as immersive technology advances, more and more sports will be made available to buy tickets for, and actually play yourself.
With omni-directional tread pads and wireless headsets constantly being developed and every iteration pushing the envelope of what’s possible, it sure seems like the future of VR sports games is looking bright. Stay tuned for more updates, as we’ll be following the subject closely.