Looking at the already exciting line-up of Oculus Rift apps from 2014 and 2015, it’s safe to assume that virtual reality is here to stay. Thanks to the release of the Oculus DK2, developers got the chance to develop content for the headset and consumers are able to get a glimpse of what 2016 will have to offer once the Rift arrives.
There has been a steady stream of amazing Oculus apps and here is our list of favourites to excite you even more for the arrival of the Rift. Let’s see if your favourite Oculus app made it to the list.
Sightline: The Chair
This is a good Oculus Rift download for beginners – a good baptism of fire to VR, so to speak. It’s not overwhelming but it provides you a good introduction into what the Oculus Rift has to offer.
One of the best things about this app is that it prepares you for the wonders of virtual reality. It has a “wow factor” that’s just about right and you get this feeling that if this is where virtual reality is right now, then you can’t wait for 2016.
The app encourages you to “take a seat” so you can marvel at a wide variety of realities. These are virtual worlds that behave in a way that you’ve never seen before. This is just a demo but the developers are planning on developing a full game if they get enough support.
Are you a fan of classic tiny racer games like Micro Machines? If you are then you’ll love BlazeRush. You race through different environments and tracks with a 3rd person virtual reality view, while grabbing power ups and weapons along the way to use on the other racers which makes for a fun experience.
It’s a good Oculus Rift download because of its top-notch virtual reality support. This is important if you’re just starting to explore the world of virtual reality.
I Expect You To Die
This is a top-rated Oculus Rift app and for good reason. You play the character of an elite secret agent who has to go through deadly situations and as a high-class secret agent, you’re expected to survive using your wits and of course, top secret weaponry and devices.
Minecrift is a compelling app that allows you to play Minecraft in a VR environment and if you’re a Minecraft player then this is definitely a game for you to get for the DK2 and later on, for your consumer version Rift.
The main reason why it made our list of the top Oculus Rift apps is the role that it plays in enticing traditional gamers to check out virtual reality. You can bet that a good number of traditional gamers will try virtual reality just so they can try Minecrift on VR.
VR Typing Trainer
This Oculus Rift app shows you that virtual reality can be both fun and productive. Think of Space Invaders, but instead of mindlessly smashing the buttons, you have to type the words that appear. It may seem like a simple game at first, but the words become more complicated and longer as you play along. You’ll soon find yourself addicted to this app.
It’s a good way to train to become a touch typist. You don’t get to cheat because your eyes are covered by the headset.
Titans of Space
This is the Oculus Rift download for you if you’ve always wondered what it’s like to be an astronaut. Titans of Space will guide you on a tour of space so you’ll have a very good idea as to how massive space really is.
It’s not meant to be a realistic experience, which means that you’re not really going to see the planets and the stars. The experience is more of a holographic one but this doesn’t affect the experience, especially since it’s still entertaining and educational.
From the above list it may appear that VR is all about gaming and movies, however, the Atmosphaeres show that you can use your VR headset to reduce stress, anxiety and pain in a soothing Virtual Relaxation Environment.
Unlike other computer generated VR environments, the Atmosphaeres are authentic 360 degree relaxation videos that you can immerse yourself in on your VR headset. While the Oculus Rift is more of a gaming headset you can also run the Atmosphaeres on this headset, although it needs to be said that the Rift needs to be set up perfectly for the Atmosphaeres to run at their full potential. Whether you use the Oculus Rift or a smartphone-based VR headset then you can get some desperately needed peace and quiet right now.