European PlayStation VR demo discs have just 8 games to North America’s 18

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I believe in the potential for Virtual Reality to deliver immersive interactive experiences that are unlike the sort of games we play now. Therein lies the rub of course – Potential. I’ve currently got an HTC VIVE unit set up at my house, and I’ve been going through many of its available experiences. Some have been incredible, adding a layer of immersion I didn’t think was possible. Others have been less exciting.

What there is right now though, is a scarcity of what you’d probably deem “proper” games. Most of what I’ve played so far has been fun, but hardly the sort of thing that keeps calling you back. I do think that’ll change with the release of the PlayStation VR in a month. While still not cheap, the PSVR is the closest we’ve got to mainstream, non-mobile VR.

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The thing with a good VR experiences is that you need to have them yourself before you see that potential. Thankfully, if you do happen to buy a PSVR unit, Sony’s including a demo disc filled with just the sorts of things necessary to convert you. If you live in the US or Canada, you get 18 VR demos on your packed-in demo disc.

Here’s what North Americans will get with their VR units:

  • Allumette (Penrose)
  • Battlezone (Rebellion)
  • DriveClub VR (SIE WWS)
  • Eve: Valkyrie (CCP Games)
  • GNOG (KO_OP)
  • Harmonix Music VR (Harmonix Music Systems)
  • Headmaster (Frame Interactive)
  • Here They Lie (SIE WWS)
  • Job Simulator (Owlchemy Labs)
  • PlayStation VR Worlds (SIE WWS)
  • Resident Evil 7 biohazard – Kitchen Teaser (Capcom CO., LTD.)
  • Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)
  • RIGS: Mechanized Combat League (SIE WWS)
  • Thumper (Drool)
  • Tumble VR (SIE WWS)
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (SIE WWS)
  • Wayward Sky (Uber Entertainment)
  • Within (Within)

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In Europe (Or an associated territory, like South Africa)? Tough luck – you only get 8 game demos: DriveClub VR, PlayStation VR Worlds, RIGS, Tumble VR, Battlezone, EVE: Valkyrie, Wayward Sky, and Headmaster. I’d really, really love to get Until Dawn and Rez Infinite on the disc too, but it’s just not to be.

Last Updated: September 13, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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