The HTC Vive has no exclusives (but that’s a good thing)

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PlayStation’s VR finally has a release date and a price. It’s going to be the cheapest of the bunch, and will launch with around 50 games and experiences, some of which are very much exclusive to the PlayStation VR. The Oculus Rift, too, is home to a few games that you won’t be able to use on any other headset. HTC and Valve’s VR solution, The Vive, won’t have a single exclusive game.

Before you think that it’s because they’re bad at business, according to Valve’s Chet Faliszek it’s for better reasons. They’re launching with 50 games, though none of them will be bound to the Vive.

“We have no exclusives,” he says. “We don’t think that’s a good thing for the industry, especially in VR where we’re starting out with a promise of presence after so many years. We want to do everything we can to make sure VR succeeds, regardless of the platform. I don’t think a customer ever thinks a platform-exclusive game is a good thing.”

On to the list!

  • #SelfieTennis
  • Adventure Time
  • Altspace
  • Arizona Sunshine
  • Audioshield
  • The Brookhaven Experiment
  • Budget Cuts
  • Cloudlands Minigolf
  • Elite: Dangerous
  • Envelope Eve
  • Everest
  • Fantastic Contraption
  • Final Approach
  • GiantCop
  • HoverJunkers
  • Job Simulator
  • John Wick: The Impossible Task
  • La Peri
  • Marble Mountain
  • Modbox
  • Pool Nation
  • Raw Data
  • Roadside
  • Space Pirate Trainer
  • The Gallery: Call of the Starseed
  • The Lab
  • The Rose and I
  • The Wave
  • Thunderbird
  • Tilt Brush
  • Time Machine
  • Universe Sandbox 2
  • Unreal Editor
  • Unseen Diplomacy
  • Vanishing Realms: Rite of Steel
  • VirZoom
  • Waltz of the Wizard

At least one of those might actually be worth playing! No all of them are games, and many that are more experiments and 15 to 30 minute experiences than fully-fledged ones. But that too, will change.

“As developers continue to explore VR, you’ll see longer and longer game experiences,” Faliszek says.

The Rift, meanwhile, will launch with around 30 games – but it is out before the competition.

Last Updated: March 17, 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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