Standalone headsets are probably where we’re heading towards in terms of future VR consumer products. They offer the appeal of quality VR experiences without the hassle of being tethered to an expensive PC or console. Which is why HTC has announced that their standalone, the Vive Focus will start shipping worldwide in 2018 and why the highly-anticipated Oculus standalone headset, Oculus Go, is nearing release.
With any new platform, there’s usually an accompanying list of games as well to kick things off in full gear when consumers finally get their hands on the thing. So, during their ‘Inside Oculus 2018’ Game Developers Conference session, Oculus decided to get the hype started with a couple of titles that will have Oculus Go support at launch.
The Oculus Go is set to release sometime “early 2018” though no final release date has been announced yet. The headset will give users the chance to enjoy virtual reality content through three degrees of freedom (DoF) tracking and an orientation-tracked controller. All within a completely portable device. Oculus Go is expected to sell for $200 when it releases commercially.
Here are the titles Oculus announced for their upcoming standalone platform:
This virtual reiteration of the popular board game released for Oculus Rift and Gear VR just yesterday. Catan VR gives players a chance to experience the game in a way that feels almost like the real thing but with the upside of being able to find someone to play with anytime. Cross-platform play will be available which means that people should have no trouble finding friends to play with regardless of their chosen platform.
OZWE Games is working on the next version of their popular space fighting sim franchise, Anshar Wars. Anshar Online will also feature cross-platform play (with Oculus Rift and Gear VR) and bring even more action with it in the form of 50 different missions. You’ll once again be able to play an immersive single-player campaign or team it up with friends in 6 player co-op or go against them in PvP mode.
They Suspect Nothing
Augmented Empire developer Coatsink is lending its considerable skills to a new title where you play the last human on Earth, who is trying to infiltrate an elite society of robots. But you have to pass their human detection tests first. They Suspect Nothing puts you through 12 different mini-games across levels of varying difficulty. You’ll have to do your best to make sure the robots suspect nothing. Again, this title will be released for both Oculus Go and Gear VR, though we don’t know if cross-platform play will be a thing yet – or if the game even features online play.
From the award-winning Job Simulator developer, Owlchemy Labs comes it’s sequel, in the form of Vacation Simulator. It was announced at the Game Awards in 2017 and is expected to release sometime this year. Vacation Simulator will continue the wacky gameplay fun and quirky humor we loved in Job Simulator – just this time, you’re at the beach!
Those are it, for now at least. Though we also know that the popular spellcasting dueling game, Wands will also support the Oculus Go when it releases. So while these aren’t exactly a lot, I feel they’re enough to get the hype train started and of course we’ll definitely see more software support announcements as the release date nears.
We’ll keep you up to date as more information comes along. Let us know what you think of these titles and if you’re excited to try the Oculus Go.