Despite sounding like a neologism of our century, the idea of virtual reality began to form long ago. Even before The Jetsons made very memorable assumptions about the future (along with an awesome theme song), prototypes of immersive, multi-sensory cabins had been created. Now, virtual experiences are a reality and available at home.
Virtual reality technology has grown exponentially in recent years, with many applications. Companies such as Microsoft, Meta, and Apple are building out virtual spaces for shopping, sports, education, healthcare, and entertainment, but hands down, VR games are our favorite way to enter the Metaverse.
While we patiently wait for Meta to release Meta Quest Pro and learn how to play the newly released Among Us VR, here is our helpful guide to getting started exploring the Metaverse.
What do I need to play VR games?
Besides the game you decide to play, you will need a device to run the game. There are different ways to play VR games on a PC, a gaming console, or a smartphone. In addition, a VR headset is mandatory. The headset replaces your natural environment with virtual reality content.
Now that your sight is covered, ensure high-quality sound with a pair of headphones. For touch, there are optional accessories, from hand controllers and gaming joypads to treadmills. To taste, get some water and stay hydrated throughout each game. VR games are still a work in progress, but they could soon tap into your sense of smell too.
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Do I need a headset to play VR games?
Yes. As much as Superman needs his glasses to be Clark Kent, you need a VR headset to become Superman in the Metaverse.
From an all-in-one VR headset starting at $400 to the most impressive VR headset with finger-tracking controllers, here is a list of the top 5 VR headsets available today:
Best VR headsets
- The Meta Quest 2 autonomous
- Sony PlayStation VR for PlayStation 4
- HP Revert G2 for PC
- Samsung Gear VR for smartphones
- Valve Index for PC
The best virtual reality games
- Beat Saber, a music-rhythm game that’s a social media sensation
- The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, rated 5-stars
- Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-Ality, a fan favorite
- Surgineer, for all non-doctors
- Horizon Worlds, to experience virtual social life
- NFL PRO ERA, to become a QB at home
There are many more games on various VR app stores; our best recommendation is for you to play and find your new favorite.
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High-speed internet is your best ally in online and VR gaming. To get HD-equivalent VR experience, enough bandwidth to connect your devices, and fast download speeds, you need a minimum connection speed of around 200 Mbps—and probably more to be safe.
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We hope you enjoyed our beginner guide to VR. It is time to clear your gaming room of obstacles that might interfere with your VR fun, prepare your equipment, and dive into the future. Until next time!