In preparation for the release of SteamVR’s first HMD, the HTC Vive, Valve recently updated the Steamworks settings for developers so they can specify that their game is VR compatible, which headset it works with, and several other parameters, including the size of the required play area.
As recently as yesterday, there were only a handful of listed games that support the HTC Vive, but today, now that the hardware is available to pre-order, you can find 44 experiences (and counting) that will work with the upcoming VR HMD. The majority of the available titles are compatible with the motion controllers, and most of those are capable of, or require, room-scale tracking.
Many of the supported games that you’ll find on the list are in fact older games that have SteamVR support added. Among them you’ll find DCS World, a military flight simulator that was originally released in 2013; a few games from 2014, including World of Diving and Mind: Path to Thalamus Enhance Edition; and a number of games that launched throughout 2015, such as Euclidean, a “geometric horror game” that launched in September for the Oculus Rift DK2, and Crystal Rift, which also originated as an early Oculus Rift demo and was later released as a full game in April last year.
Most of the games that are on the list and that will be released this year appear to be VR-exclusive titles, many of which we’ve known about for a while and have even tried, but there are some games that we aren’t familiar with, such as A-10 VR, a sci-fi gallery shooter; The Brookhaven Experiment Demo, a first person horror shooter; and A Legend of Luca, a first person “rogue-lite” game that the developer describes as “Zelda-like.” These three games are roomscale, Vive-exclusive titles that we’ve not yet tested, but they look very interesting.
|Game title||Motion Controllers||Gamepad||KB / Mouse||Seated Experience||Standing Experience||Room-Scale Experience|
|5089: The Action RPG||X||X||X||X||X|
|Kumoon: Ballistic Physics Puzzel||X||X||X|
|World of Diving||X||X||X|
|Mind: Path to Thalamus Enhanced Edition||X||X||X||X|
|4089: Ghost Within||X||x|
|Water Bears VR||X||X|
|The Grand Canyon VR Experience||X||X||X||X||X|
|Metaverse Construction Kit||X||X|
|Felt Tip Circus||X||X||X|
|Spare Pirate Trainer||X||X|
|Sluggey' Fruit Emporium||X||X|
|The Rose and I||X||X||X||X|
|Cloudlands: VR Minigolf||X||X|
|Thunderbird: The Legend Begins||X||X||X|
|The Brookhaven Experiment||X||X||X|
|A Legend of Luca||X||X|
|Waltz of the Wizard||X||X||X|
|A Chair in a Room: Greenwater||X||X|
|Abbot's Book Demo||X||X||X||X|
|Job Simulator: The 2050 Archive's||X||X|
|The Gallery - Episode 1: Call of the Starseed||X||X||X|
|CDF Starfighter VR||X||X|
It’s good to see more titles listed on Steam and announced for HTC’s Vive. We’ve spent a lot of time testing out the hardware, but as amazing as the technology may be, it’s the software that will show the true value of the system. It’s a safe bet we’ll see many more titles in the coming weeks. In fact, I had to revise this article (twice!) while I was writing it because several more titles were added before I finished.
Update, 2/29/2016, 8pm PT: Corrected some typos.